Best teaching practices

We Indians tend to believe that teachers are superior to a god as he or she teaches us the values of leading a good life. We have been hearing stories about how Dornacharya was the ‘guru’ of Pandavas and Kauravas and how Eklayava made an idol of Dronacharya and practiced archery in front of the idol. Later Dronacharya famously asked Eklavya for his thumb in ‘guru Dakshina’ in order to protect his best student, Arjuna.

No matter how dramatic these stories sound, we all know that in today’s world where there is an abundance of knowledge and data, its not easy to decide what and how to teach our next generation for them to be successful! Hence let’s look at some best teaching practices for today’s world:

  1. Make learning active.Students are going to find more impactful takeaways from doing rather than simply listening. Hence digital learning comes in the picture. When students learn with audio-visual their concepts are much clearer and it offers opportunities for students to be actively engaged in their learning journeys.
  2. Communication is the key. Provide frequent and timely feedback.Enough can’t be said about the importance of sharing feedback with students during the learning process. Setting up checkpoints, offering a variety of formative assessments, and discussing learning in real-time are all essential.
  3. Focus on needs of each child – Like ur five fingers, not all students are same in a class. Teachers should understand the individual requirement, learning curve, and method of teaching of each child and incorporate all this in the way their teaching method. This is only possible when the teacher to student ratio of 1:25 is also maintained.
  4. Teach them the Lifeskil to ne resourceful.Ask your students to think outside of the box, add a little DIY spin nnd explain them the lifeskill to be more resourceful.
  5. Think out of the box – Innovations and new strategies are occurring all the time. With trying something new and unfamiliar, teachers can find additional ways to impact students, and students can see an exemplar of risk-taking.
  6. Value parental/familial involvement.Students have an entire life outside of school and hopefully a solid support system. Bridging a connection between these two worlds helps everyone stay informed and makes it easier for parents to reinforce and support what’s happening in the classroom.
  7. Pursue lifelong learning.Staying up-to-date on movements and developments in the field allows teachers to help students prepare for an ever-changing world. Pursuing personal passions outside of education also benefits learners because teachers can reflect on what it is like to be in the shoes of their students.
  8. Encourage discussion.Through discussion, students are exposed to a variety of opinions and ideas that may or may not be similar to their own. Classrooms offer a perfect forum for teaching students to respect others and learn to share information, agree, and disagree in a productive and nonthreatening fashion.
  9. Keep a positive outlook.Don’t get caught up with the naysayers. When (not if) this negative attitude trickles over to the students, it can have detrimental effects on the learning environment as a whole. Be mindful and always remember that an adding a positive spin to necessary or mundane tasks goes a long way.

Though this list is never-ending, we need to adapt to best teaching practices that best suit our personality and school. Teachers have a big responsibility on their shoulders – they are preparing the next generation of our families, communities, and Nation!