In this issue......
* Editor's Notes
* Keeping Up With Technology Age
* Singapore Teaching Techniques
* Vary Your Teaching Techniques
* Communication Teaching Techniques
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This past weekend, I presented a seminar to Faculty of Education student teachers at York University in Toronto. This enlightening seminar was an interactive session where we discussed scenarios of everyday events that happen in a typical classroom. Topics included, Teacher/Parent Communication, Assessment and Accountability, Day-To-Day Routines, and Discipline and Behaviour. Be sure to look for my video of the seminar on my website coming soon.
As busy as we all are at this time of the year, I highly recommend, Stevan Krajnjan's website,TIMESAVERS for TEACHERS. It's full of practical teacher tools, worksheets and downloadable teaching materials that improve classroom management and save teachers' valuable time. It's guaranteed to help you become better organized and prepared.
The main focus of this newsletter is teaching techniques. Teaching techniques that keep students motivated, challenged, and thinking creatively are a necessity to keep up in our incredible technological era.
I hope you find this newsletter informative and valuable.
Keeping Up With Technology Age
Teachers need to think creatively to prepare students to live, work and keep up with new technologies that are evolving at record speeds in this century. With these constantly evolving technologies and the demand for computer skills, traditional teaching methods and techniques may need to evolve as well.
Consider these points:
* Computers and computer knowledge are now an occupational necessity in just about every type of employment around the world. The "Smartboard" is a NEW way to teach students that is really exciting.
* Kids (even older elementary students) are using their own computers at home more and more communicating with each other through social networking applications suh as Facebook, Myspace, YouTube. In other words your students are in tune with the technology age and teachers must keep up.
* Teachers must not only keep up with their students but must also keep them motivated by using multimedia applications in their classrooms. Teachers must allow their students to show their creativity by experimenting and constantly challenging them.
Be sure to read my page on computers in the classroom and get some more of my thoughts on this topic.
Professional development for teachers in the computer technology field and other fields as well is so important for a teacher's career development.
Singapore Teaching Techniques
As I mentioned above, teaching techniques that get your students to think and be creative has shown to be the most effective way of teaching. Singapore is one of the leading countries when comparing student scores on international math tests. Singapore math, as it's sometimes referred to, concentrates on teaching students to think in mathematical/logical terms rather than using repetitive drilling and rote learning which is why I promote The Math Riddle Book, which is full of math puzzles and is a fun way for students to build the Math skills they'll need throughout their lives. Learning is easy, enjoyable and makes students think when they're solving puzzles!
Another source of printable math math games and fun math activities that make math exciting and easy to learn are these 4 books of Fun Printable Math Games.
Vary Your Teaching Techniques
As well as implementing creativity into a teacher's lesson plans, it's important that teachers vary their teaching strategies and classroom teaching methods - lecturing all the time becomes monotonous and students lose interest. Relating the lesson or lecture to students' own lives and the world around them, keeps them interested and motivated.
My page on Teaching Methods To Keep Students Challenged and Motivated shows teachers several of my teaching techniques.
Communication Teaching Techniques
Now that you know some of the teaching techniques that will work, here's a list of some of the communication techniques that definitely won't work:
* Being sarcastic and humiliating and embarrassing your students.
* Acting bossy and arrogant.
* Being meek (the students will walk all over you).
* Bodily harm - definitely a no-no.
* Getting into a power struggle.
* Accusing and being verbally abusive.
* Rigid posture and attitude.
* Favouritism - not treating everyone the same, comparing students with each other.
I want to end my April ezine on a positive note, so be sure to read my pages on:
1. Successful Verbal Communication Teaching Techniques
2. Effective Non Verbal Communication Teaching Techniques
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Until next month keep well, enjoy and happy teaching!!
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