Each year, schools hire around 580,000 new teachers.
If you’re about to become a new teacher, you might wonder what type of teacher you want to be to your students.
It’s important to have your teaching strategy in place before starting a new school year so your students know exactly what to expect from you moving forward. But what teaching styles are there for you to choose from?
Keep reading as we talk about the five main styles of teaching so you can decide which one resonates with you the most.
1. The Delegator Style
The delegator approach to teaching is often used in classes such as science labs or classes where group work takes up the majority of class time.
As a teacher using this style, you would give general guidance on what will happen during the class period, then allow the students to work together to learn and complete all of the work.
This approach isn’t as effective for classes that are introducing a lot of new material, but instead can be used to allow students to work together implementing material that’s already been taught.
2. The Authority Style
The authority style is most commonly used in college classes as it primarily consists of a professor giving a lengthy lecture on a particular subject.
This style is effective in large, auditorium classes where students are generally mature enough to be able to focus and take notes on the lecture content.
This approach isn’t as effective for younger students in small classroom settings because younger students typically require a more interactive approach to keep them involved and focused.
3. The Demonstrator Style
The demonstrator approach is similar to the authority style because the teacher remains fully in control of the class. However, instead of just lecturing from notes, a demonstrator would also include multimedia such as powerpoints, videos, and interactive tasks in conjunction with lecturing.
This is a great approach for all sizes of classrooms and can keep students more focused and involved than the authority approach.
4. The Facilitator Style
The facilitator approach is effective in small classroom settings as it requires the students to work directly with the teacher. This style promotes questioning, problem-solving, and allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the material.
This style wouldn’t be effective for large classrooms or auditoriums as the teacher wouldn’t be able to connect with each student.
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5. The Hybrid Style
The hybrid approach involves utilizing a number of teaching strategies in your classroom. The most important thing to remember about this strategy is it requires teachers to integrate their personality and interests while trying to appeal to all types of students.
This teaching style is great for teachers who want to be able to work with any type of student by adjusting their approach depending on their student’s personality and attitude.
Which of These Teaching Styles Is Right for You?
Choosing one of these five teaching styles requires knowledge of yourself, your students, and the material you’re teaching. You may find that one teaching style works well in one class, while another is more effective in a separate class. Also, you can blend multiple teaching styles together in order to be the most effective teacher to your students.
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