Effective Teaching: Top Tips That Work

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  • Turning a simple classroom into an effective learning environment is one of the biggest challenges faced by teachers across the country.

    There are several techniques and methods used to make the whole classroom experience more enjoyable and effective at the same time, but these top tips will help you transform your own classroom without fail.

    Design Thinking

    Design thinking is not a new technique, but it has been refined and is known to be one of the most effective teaching methods to use. The class is taken on a journey to resolve a real-life case through brainstorming and group discussions.

    While at the end of most design thinking sessions you can usually find a solution, this is not always the case. It is okay to let the problem remain unsolved. It will help students practice their strategic thinking skills even further.

    Top universities like Hofstra Law are known to use this teaching method in various programs, including health care law programs and MBA courses. Students pursuing a health law degree are often obliged to work on a real-life case and find solutions to the problems.

    Flipped Classroom

    Flipped classroom is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It has been used for years and is known to be very effective in creating a lively learning environment. Before the next class, students are encouraged to review the course materials and study beforehand. This way, you can guide them through some serious discussion without having to explain the basics from the start.

    The flipped classroom model is also good for encouraging students to get involved in class. Similar to the design thinking method, a lot of schools and universities – especially those with distance learning programs – actively use this method to push students forward.

    There is an extra twist you can add to this teaching method too. The filled classroom approach can be combined with social media and other online tools. Students can branch out and find their own cases to bring to the classroom, allowing the learning environment to be broader and more diverse.

    Off-Class Learning

    There are only so many things you can do during an in-class session. Being able to take the learning experience beyond the boundaries of a classroom will help students grow and learn so much more in the process.

    Online learning tools and fully-featured online learning platforms are widely available. It is even possible to set up your own platform that students can connect to. Additional learning materials and resources students can dive into can be distributed easily through the platform. Live discussions can also be done the same way.

    Another great way to break the boundaries of a classroom is by letting students do their own research on the internet, observing behaviors on social media and websites. The insights they can bring back to the class will make the whole learning dynamic very fluid and interactive.

    Which of these teaching methods have you tried? Be sure to consider implementing these methods – and the tips we discussed in this article – to transfer more knowledge to your students.

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