Now that you’ve created a good foundation for your teaching, you’ll be ready to dig into the some new stuff with your students. Here’s my second tip for your consideration…
“All learning is done through meaningful association.”
This picks up directly from Teaching 101’s “Teach them where they are at” idea from last week.
If your goal is to have your students retain what you have to teach, then you’ll need to help them create connections between what they already know and what you would like them to learn. Memory is a key component to learning and your new lessons will only “stick”, if you can find a way for your student to capture and own that knowledge.
Start with what is familiar to them and create connections to the new material. In this spirit, it doesn’t hurt to throw in as many different styles of learning while you are at it. For dry material, I’ve been known to sing at my students and dance like a fool in front of them… anything to help create a meaningful and memorable connection to what’s new. If you are truly interested in teaching and haven’t read Gardner’s book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, then you might want to put that book at the top of your reading list soon to explore different types of learning in order to integrate this into your teaching tool set.
Stay tuned next week for the next installment in this series… Agile Teaching 103… 😀