The classroom is a dynamic environment, bringing together students from different backgrounds with various abilities and personalities. Being an effective teacher therefore requires the implementation of creative and innovative teaching strategies in order to meet students’ individual needs.

Whether you’ve been teaching two months or twenty years, it can be difficult to know which teaching strategies will work best with your students. As a teacher there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, so here is a range of effective teaching strategies you can use to inspire your classroom practice.

 

1. Visualization

Bring dull academic concepts to life with visual and practical learning experiences, helping your students to understand how their schooling applies in the real-world.

Examples include using the interactive whiteboard to display photos, audio clips and videos, as well as encouraging your students to get out of their seats with classroom experiments and local field trips.

 

2. Cooperative learning

Encourage students of mixed abilities to work together by promoting small group or whole class activities.

Through verbally expressing their ideas and responding to others your students will develop their self-confidence, as well as enhance their communication and critical thinking skills which are vital throughout life.

Solving mathematical puzzles, conducting scientific experiments and acting out short drama sketches are just a few examples of how cooperative learning can be incorporated into classroom lessons.

3. Inquiry-based instruction

Pose thought-provoking questions which inspire your students to think for themselves and become more independent learners.

Encouraging students to ask questions and investigate their own ideas helps improve their problem-solving skills as well as gain a deeper understanding of academic concepts. Both of which are important life skills.

Inquiries can be science or math-based such as ‘why does my shadow change size?’ or ‘is the sum of two odd numbers always an even number?’. However, they can also be subjective and encourage students to express their unique views, e.g. ‘do poems have to rhyme?’ or ‘should all students wear uniform?’.

4. Differentiation

Differentiate your teaching by allocating tasks based on students’ abilities, to ensure no one gets left behind.

Assigning classroom activities according to students’ unique learning needs means individuals with higher academic capabilities are stretched and those who are struggling get the appropriate support.

This can involve handing out worksheets that vary in complexity to different groups of students, or setting up a range of work stations around the classroom which contain an assortment of tasks for students to choose from.

Moreover, using an educational tool such as Quizalize can save you hours of time because it automatically groups your students for you, so you can easily identify individual and whole class learning gaps (click here to find out more).

5. Technology in the classroom

Incorporating technology into your teaching is a great way to actively engage your students, especially as digital media surrounds young people in the 21st century.

Interactive whiteboards or mobile devices can be used to display images and videos, which helps students visualize new academic concepts. Learning can become more interactive when technology is used as students can physically engage during lessons as well as instantly research their ideas, which develops autonomy.

Mobile devices, such as iPads and/or tablets, can be used in the classroom for students to record results, take photos/videos  or simply as a behaviour management technique. Plus, incorporating educational programmes such as Quizalize into your lesson plans is also a great way to make formative assessments fun and engaging.

6. Behaviour management

Implementing an effective behaviour management strategy is crucial to gain your students respect and ensure students have an equal chance of reaching their full potential.

Noisy, disruptive classrooms do no encourage a productive learning environment, therefore developing an atmosphere of mutual respect through a combination of discipline and reward can be beneficial for both you and your students.

Examples include fun and interactive reward charts for younger students, where individuals move up or down based on behaviour with the top student receiving a prize at the end of the week. ‘Golden time’ can also work for students of all ages, with a choice of various activities such as games or no homework in reward for their hard work.

7. Professional development

Engaging in regular professional development programmes is a great way to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom.

With educational policies constantly changing it is extremely useful to attend events where you can gain inspiration from other teachers and academics. It’s also a great excuse to get out of the classroom and work alongside other teachers just like you!

Sessions can include learning about new educational technologies, online safety training, advice on how to use your teaching assistant(s) and much more.

Being an effective teacher is a challenge because every student is unique, however, by using a combination of teaching strategies you can address students’ varying learning styles and academic capabilities as well as make your classroom a dynamic and motivational environment for students.

What strategies do you use to be an effective teacher? Have you got any top tips? Comment below – we’d love to hear from you.

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61 Comments

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  2. This is a great Blog and I think every teacher needs to read this.

  3. Well written, technology in classroom is emerging and with a proper solution, teachers can manage and control the school devices that restricts students access to selected apps, content and websites without any technical skills.

  4. Thanks for sharing such effective teaching strategies . They very helpful and informative for teachers.

  5. peter wamwallo Reply

    i have been teaching for past 30 years but i have never a cross such wonderful strategic skills.This very interactive page.

  6. Effective teaching strategies are a must for maintaing displine and attention of students in whats going on in the class. these tips are very helpful in attaining the same.

  7. Darniel Dann S. Pareja Reply

    Wow! This sounds and is really helpful information. Thank you!

  8. Very informative. I really needed this. And I want to learn more.
    Thank you.

  9. dennis ojoli Reply

    thanks a lot, this has been such a wonderful summary on how to be a good teacher..hope to learn more

  10. Jennifer McCafferty Reply

    Sarah, would like to cite you in my dissertation. Can I have a last name or should I cite ZZish?

  11. What I would like to see most of all things that education involves is direct application of whatever the person learns. If you cannot apply your learning to anything–you may as well not have spent the time invested in learning. It’s all about doing/using the results of your learning.

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  13. Cara Detera Lachica Reply

    Using various teaching strategies enables us as teachers achieve a successful teaching and learning process because we can address the different learning styles of our learners.

  14. Interesting list! One of my favorite strategies that I’d add to this list is the I Do, We Do, You Do method. Basically you start with modelling (I Do), then doing it as a group (we do), then getting the students to try it on their own (you do).

    Cheers,
    Chris

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  17. Teodelza E. Guboc Reply

    Thank you for sharing..these are of great help for me…more power!

  18. Esther Francis Reply

    Thank you so much for these great information you shared,much appreciation.

  19. Ndange Rudolf Reply

    Thanks Sarah.
    This is very much educative.
    Your techniques are excellent.

  20. Bemeli pascal ngoe Reply

    I find this piece interesting and I have gain more knowledge on the teaching learning strategies. One of the comments, the I do, you do, we do method is applaudable. Thanks

  21. Tendayi Mukabeta Reply

    very comprehensive. thank you Sarah. what is your surname for reference sake

  22. Helena Loila-Nuahn Reply

    Thank you for sharing, it’s educative and very useful

  23. Thanks for sharing. In my case, I added games and animation to make learning more interactive.

  24. Dr. Fakhri Hasso Reply

    all were mentioned are useful, they all serve the same purpose and the important target inlearning teaching .

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