Classroom Teaching Methods

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1.  Arrange for your students to struggle with the material.

  • Form into buzz groups.
  • Ask questions.
  • Dramatize. Ask for illustrations, such as drawing or role-playing. (demonstration lesson)

2.  Choose the best teaching method for each subject.

3.  Conclude the lesson. Summarize the meaning of the lesson.

4.  Educate your students’ emotions.

5.  Provide sensory experiences: visual, auditory, or touch.

6.  Ask students to find synonyms for unusual words.

7.  Guide your students’ imagination.

8.  Lecture.

9.  Invite discussion.

10.  Refocus attention periodically.

11. Show a relevant excerpt from a popular film.

12. Transition smoothly from one part of the lesson to the next part.

13. Use exciting words and imagery.

14. Provide historical context.

15. Use mood control techniques. Meditation, or a sing-along, for example.

16. Use storytelling techniques. Cast the lesson as a drama using all eight Elements of A Scene.

  1. Describe the place.
  2. Name the hero.
  3. Tag the hero (clothing, attitude, etc.)
  4. Start the action. Use dialog.
  5. Introduce a villain or an opposing force.
  6. Establish conflict. Use dialog.
  7. Resolve the conflict.
  8. Close the scene. Describe how the hero feels about what happened. Or, show what the hero does in response to what happened. (demonstration lesson)

17. Use music appreciation techniques.

  • Provide historical context. Tell why the composer wrote the song.
  • With regard to the lyrics, identify the speaker(s). Who is speaking to whom? Monolog? Dialog? Clarify unfamiliar words.
  • Explain how the musical notes express the emotion(s) of the song. (demonstration lesson)

18. Use a classroom meditation

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