In How does the way your grandchild learn affect the way they are taught? we looked at the how different teaching methods are used in the classroom to reach individual students.
In this series of posts we are going to look into each different method more closely.
A teacher centered approach is where the students learn directly from the teacher.
In this role, the teacher is the main, and often, the only authority on the subject being taught.
This is model was popular many years ago, and is still used in universities and colleges today.
The teacher is more like an instructor whose role it is to pass on information and knowledge.
They are the main focus and ‘expert’ in the classroom.
What is taught with this approach?
This is the best approach if your students need to pass texts or exams.
In today’s classrooms, the ‘expert’ doesn’t have to be in the room. Technology can be used to introduce students to experts using online classrooms too.
Can you imagine learning about agriculture and being able to learn from a farmer’s real life experiences? Or learning about space travel from an astronaut?
Teacher centered teaching is related to direct learning lessons.
What are the disadvantages of a teacher centered approach?
If your child learns from listening, and can concentrate then this approach will suit them best. Sadly, there are less and less children who can do this.
Many children need to be actively doing something to help them learn.
If this type of teaching is used, most children will only remember about 10 to 20% of what they have heard.
However, if it is used as an introduction and leads on to other forms of teaching, then it can be much more effective.