There are many different teaching methods used in classrooms today.
Certainly there have been many changes made since the days when the teacher stood in front of the class and delivered a lesson.
In How does the way your grandchild learn affect the way they are taught? we looked at how children learn and what these different styles could mean to their education.
In this post we are going to look at the Personal Model and a student-centered approach to teaching.
The Personal Model of teaching
This method is of used in cooking or science classes.
It involves the teacher demonstrating to the students what they are required to do. They will explain how to find information, and how to interpret it so it can be understood and used.
The students are required to watch and learn. They are then required to copy to show they understand what it is they are supposed to be learning.
A Student Centered approach in the classroom
With a student-centered approach the teacher is still an authorities figure, but the students play more of an active role in what they learn about.
This is a popular method because it forces the students to take more responsibility for their education.
It is the teacher’s role to guide and point the students in a certain direction as opposed to a teacher-centered classroom where the teacher is the direct authority.
Where is this approach to teaching best used?
Tests and exams can still be used in this style of teaching, but its main focus are project based assessments.
Group-based assignments, projects, and whole class participation are an important focus too.
From student-centered classrooms, lessons can expand into inquiry-based learning and cooperative learning.