Friday, July 6, 2012
“Dear Teachers! Carry Your Brains, not Books to Your Classroom” - Professor M.S.Rao
“Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the naturals, the ones who somehow know how to teach.” – Peter Drucker
Teachers must not carry books to classroom. It sounds strange right! When teachers carry books to classroom for reference they get disconnected with students as they will be busy referring and reading the books. In addition, students don’t appreciate the teachers who refer books in the classroom as they doubt the competence of their teachers. Teachers must prepare thoroughly before going to the classroom and must deliver extempore by gauging the psychology of the students from time to time, molding their teaching style according to their learning styles. Before starting the teaching session they can adopt various attention grabbing techniques such as asking any volunteer in the classroom to come forward and summarize what was discussed in the previous session. With this, the students get connected with the previous session, and then the teacher can glide the present session by gradually explaining the basic concepts and then proceeding in depth about the topic.
Hence, teachers must prepare thoroughly before going to the classroom by banking on their brains rather than books so as to connect with students quickly and to ensure effective teaching takeaways for students.
"Learning is finding out what you already know, Doing is demonstrating that you know it, Teaching is reminding others that they know it as well as you do. We are all learners, doers, and teachers." - Richard David Bach
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