There is no single best approach in teaching. This new text challenges the idea that there is a ‘best way' to teach. Instead, the authors explain, a more pragmatic approach is required. Teachers need a range of skills and strategies to select from, work with and adapt. Every school, cohort, class and child is different. Beyond that, strategies that worked well with a class last week, may prove ineffective the next.
Chapter 4: Teaching and Modelling
Teaching and Modelling
Teachers' Standards 2 and 4
This chapter discusses different approaches to teaching and modelling concepts in the classroom and aims to provide you with a range of different strategies to present different ideas to students. The chapter will cover the following Teachers' Standards.
- Be aware of pupils' capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these (TS2).
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how this impacts on teaching (TS2).
- Reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching (TS4).
Over the years I have spent in the company of teachers, I have heard teaching compared to many different things, such as the following.
Teaching is like lighting a flame.
Teaching is like training an animal.
Teaching is like ...