educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of precisely what I mean below the fold
June 20, 2012 10:16 AM Subscribe
educationfilter: I am becoming a teacher this upcoming year and I'll like to solicit the Hive mind's advice for the best, most innovative, effective educational bits of wisdom, advice, and methods you've done as a teacher or had a a teacher do with you or your class. Examples of what I'm looking for below the fold.
posted by RapcityinBlue to Education (25 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm starting teaching this year in a small Midwestern city and although I don't know my subject quite yet, I'm pretty sure I'll be placed either in secondary science or in English. I have previously asked questions on AskMefi about learning how to best understand math and received some really great tips from people sharing techniques their teachers had implemented to quiet behavior and reinforce concepts. Some of these techniques were
1. Spiralling, or going over previous problems to help students build their skill and recall with them.
2. Another individual suggested that with a problem student, before or after class I should spend five or so minutes going away from the teacher persona and relating to the student on a more friendly, non authoritative basis. This has worked wonders with my more recalcitrant students.
3. When teaching math, it's often helpful to avoid using mathematical terminology and to focus on discussing the terms and digits in spatial terms. For example, instead of saying that in an improper fraction, the numerator is larger than the denominator, it's more effective to initially say the top number is larger than the bottom number.
What I'd like is for any of you guys to offer me up the best and most innovative pedagogical and classroom management methods in the classroom. Be free to share about your favorite teachers and things they did that really showed you they knew what they were doing. Nostalagizing is allowed and I'm happy to hear of any advice pertaining to any subject or grade level taught.
Basically I'm looking for bits of educational wisdom, know-how, and various tricks of the trade that we've seen done and that left us thinking "Wow, that' s a really great way of __________."
I look forward to what I'm sure will be a veritable lucre of useful answers and wonderful ideas.