Whether new or experienced, teachers get to deal with students from different backgrounds with various abilities and personalities.
It is always essential to have some innovative teaching strategies to be effective and to meet students’ individual needs.
There are no right or wrong strategies, you just need to choose the ones that work well for your classroom. Here are a few teaching strategies for higher education that keep your students energized and motivated. Choose the ones that fit your style, preference and students.
If your students have difficulties with memorizing your subject just by reading endless texts, storyboarding is the right strategy to use. This method is based on the principle of a step-by-step visualization and memorization of the subject.
Imagine a history lesson. You tell your students about historical events and you ask them to read some books at home. Generally, it is difficult for them to remember that much information just by reading it. Storyboarding gives them the opportunity to remember the details by illustrating the important scenes themselves.
How is it done?
Provide a storyboard template that has several blocks that are large enough for students to draw pictures and write captions
Students draw the main ideas of the story after they read it or hear the story aloud
Students share storyboards
They compare the storyboards and start the discussion.
This is a perfect strategy to evaluate reading comprehension before moving on to more analytic tasks.
Students often react negatively to the idea of group work. Most of the time the reason is distrust of their peers. They do not believe that each member of the group will contribute an equal amount of time and effort.
The responsibility of the teacher is to put several students together and motivate them to accomplish the task as a team. It is useful to assign tasks to each member of the group in advance. It is easier to learn how to work in a team in a school environment than on your first project in a new job. This kind of teamwork helps students learn the important skills of compromise and collaboration, so it is beneficial to add this to your teaching strategies.
Hundreds of digital tools have been created to improve the teaching process and facilitate communication between teachers and students. Here are several tools you can use in the classroom:
Swift Polling – This is a real-time polling tool that makes classes fun and interactive. It needs no installation and is easy to use. Swift Polling can be used in different stages of the learning process. Here is of how it can be used.
Create a poll or an open-ended question about that day’s topic. Then ask your students to vote or send their feedback with their mobile phones. The results appear in real time on the screen. You can also create educational quizzes to check their general knowledge about the topic.
Study Blue – This tool allows teachers and students to create note cards right on the spot. These cards can also be flipped and turned into quizzes or even study guides. Everything that is created can be shared among students and then be studied in offline mode.
This is a free application that makes classes more interesting and interactive. It can be upgraded for more sharing and functions.