HOW TO USE MATERIALS IN THE CLASSROOM?
This is a big question a teacher always has in her/his mind. But you should not worry much! Here are some ways/tips on how we use materials in the classroom.
WHAT COULD BE THE MATERIALS IN THE CLASSROOM?
Generally, we select the materials suitable for making our chapter clear and understandable. The materials might be some charts, flashcards, other physical materials… and real-life materials.
WHO SHOULD PREPARE THE MATERIALS?
Most of the cases, teachers prepare their materials, however, in some cases, you might ask students to prepare the materials as a home assignment so as to ensure that students study and search for the ‘extra’ information.
HOW TO USE MATERIALS?
Do not use the material at the beginning—it is not so much interesting. First, let the students put their views on the topic (It is just checking their prior knowledge), and gather all the information on board. Then, present materials and connect/contrast their ideas to deliver the lesson.
WHAT MORE CAN A TEACHER DO IN THE CLASSROOM?
There are lots of ways to handle the classroom in an interesting way. Students always prefer to work in pairs, groups, and sometimes individually. You might divide students into different groups and assign them small tasks which can be completed within 15-17 minutes. They will present their tasks in front of others. At last, connect their tasks and present the lesson. But never forget to praise students even for their small efforts. Reward them if possible.
Secondly, you might let the students engage in classwork, and help them in solving problems going bench-to-bench. Interaction with them closely will help them to build up their confidence.
Thirdly, give them lots of opportunities to read and present. This can be done in a very short amount of time to a small number of lessons.
Peer teaching is one of the wonderful time-saving and effective ways of improving weak students, they understand their peers faster than the teachers.
HOW TO EXPLAIN ANYTHING?
Explaining and interpreting is a daily chore for a teacher in the classroom. Our students are understanding their lesson is directly related to our explanation. For that, you need to use proper gestures, the right use of vocabulary, and the simplification of the ideas. Be very slow in speaking, no matter what! But students should understand you and relate what you say to what you display.
I hope this short reading will help you in many ways. Thank you if you feel grown and learned.