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How to Teach – A Closer Look at Available Methods

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When creating presentations and practices for lessons, think about what is the most efficient use of time. For the most part, students will do everything you ask of them, so respect their time and energy and ask for what meets the objective of the lesson.

Save class time for activities where your input and guidance is key and let students use the available tools for when they can learn on their own.

Reading is still how we learn the bulk of our material. Sometimes student have trouble understanding the reading, so consider the reading comprehension and management guidelines presented at the 2013 Writing with Integrity Symposium, as well as:

The time and place for a lecture is when you need to convey a lot of information quickly. A lecture needn’t be boring if you use visuals effectively.  Here’s more on how to present:

Remember! – Even if instructors are allowed to use material under Fair Use copyright laws, we need to set a good example for our students and always attribute the source.

Videos can covey complex messages simply. Consider how much easier it is to follow a video guide than a list of instructions. They also have high interest and emotional impact. Here’s an example that could be used to kickstart a environmental discussion, an analysis of emergency response, or even a look back at the Donner party.

Here’s how to create simple videos:

Those who are willing to learn some simple programming can create presentations in Angel directly or using a program such as SoftChalk. SoftChalk also lets you include quick assessments in the presentation. Talk with your IDT or attend the training sessions to learn more about using technology.

Presenting can be tricky because it’s tempting to fall back on the lecture. Remember that it’s just one method and the goal is always what helps you meet your objective. Keep an open mind as this professor did about YouTube. And please share what methods you’re using!

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