Informed teaching & learning

Informed Teaching and Learning: 4 Strategies for School Improvement

Teaching should be a journey in which the learner travels from a state of ‘not knowing’ to a knowledgeable stage. If there is no recollection or gain of even a single point after a lesson, the aim of teaching is defeated.

There have to be objectives to be achieved at the end of each lesson. So that at the end of a term or session a cumulative goal is knocked right into the post and straight out the park. 

It’s like a hard task of fetching water from a well on top of a hill. You expect a full pail when you get to the bottom -unless the pail is leaking. After a tasking term, teachers and school administrators expect students to achieve the full learning outcomes from a curriculum. If a child has special needs, teachers should take the time to help keep him/her in the loop according to his pace.

4 Strategies for School Improvement

Considering all this, with the way the world and current Standards in all Sciences are rapidly morphing to become better and better; you need some strategies that will work for your school as well.

Here are 4 leverage points your school can use to improve:

Lesson plans

The importance of a lesson plan above anything else is that it helps the teacher set & keep a regular, organized pace for himself and the students to follow. Teaching notes are coordinated in time for distribution, assignments are handed out as scheduled and tests are taken on time. A good lesson plan will rid your school of confusion and chaos. Making use of a good software that stores school curriculum and allow teachers to make their lesson plans is vital. It will also help you in your administrative work to save time and resources.

Goal

A teacher must demonstrate to inspire and awaken joy in the creative expression of knowledge from students. This was the belief of the genius, Albert Einstein. Informed teaching means imparting knowledge with a purpose. Teachers should start a learning journey with questions that provoke deep thought. A sincere act of learning will ensue from the minds of the curious.

After that, all learners should be asked to express their thoughts and ideas. That is when learning truly takes place. If this becomes part of a school’s teaching requirement, it will be evident from the poise of its students that they are of a caliber.

So teachers in your school must instruct with an end goal. Are they trying to produce ‘text-book’ students or students that have a revolutionary way of thinking?

Self-discipline

Following a planned pattern will allow the teacher and the student grow in the best ways possible. When ample time is provided for students to prepare for a test/ exam; results will tell a better story. The teachers will be less tense throughout the term because they have a plan.

A popular saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. So first and foremost self-discipline must be instilled in all teachers so they do their work well with integrity. Teachers that are self-disciplined will propel your school to great heights!

Appraisal

One good deed deserves another. For children to learn well, they need to be encouraged every step of the way. Their inexperience with demoralization will only strengthen them. If they have solid images of themselves, their abilities and willpower that will only push them to do their best in school.

What better way for a school to be known than for its student’s resilience and hardworking capacity? That is the incentive all schools must take into account as a daily operational function. All non-academic and academic staff must be fully participatory in order to boost student morale.

 

If you set these things as part of the foundation for your school, it will earn you good repute in your community.

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