Guiding Principles in the Selection and Use of Teaching
Learning is an active process where the learners must be actively engaging in some learning activities for them to learn what we intended to teach. The more senses that are involved, the more and the better the learning.
Most of the students nowadays are visual learners as teachers; we must always provide visual materials for them to understand more our lesson. A non-threatening atmosphere enhances learning where the atmosphere of the students is one of the most important and most influential because it enhances a student’s learning. So that means, the physical classroom condition must always be good.
Emotion has the power to increase retention and learning where teachers must bring out the student’s emotion into the classroom and recognize the power of emotion to increase retention. Good teaching goes beyond recall of information. Teaching should reach the levels of application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Learning is meaningful when it is connected to students’ everyday life. Some students, school is the best part of their day because for them it’s a way to escape their life at home. As teachers, it’s important to understand that there is so much more to students. So, teachers must always be available to their students.
An integrated teaching approach is far more effective than teaching isolated bits of information. These principles in accordance with brain-based teaching and learning because it involves students in real-life or authentic problem solving, the using of projects to increase meaning and motivation, simulations and role plays as meaning makers and classroom strategies using visual processing.
There is no such thing as best teaching method. The best method is the one that works, the one that yields results. Being a reflective teacher and striving for excellence in teaching means considering each aspect of your teaching approach to ensure that you are doing your best to facilitate student learning.