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What’s your teaching style?
“I teach mostly through…”

A) Presentations

B) A mixture of demonstrations and presentations

C) Group work and debates

D) Activities that encourage independent learning

“My students and co-workers would describe me as…” 

A) A firm and knowledgeable teacher

B) A role model with a high skill level

C) A teacher who encourages independence

D) A teacher who will always check if you need help

 

 “My biggest goal is for my students to…” 

A) Retain as much information as possible

B) Apply knowledge through observations

C) Excel in group work settings

D) Develop their problem-solving skills

“My biggest weakness is…”

A) Inability to develop strong relations with students

B) Leading too much in the discussion during class

C) A lack authority in the classroom

D) Time management during my lessons

 “My lesson plans include…”

A) Informative presentations

B) In-depth demonstrations and interactive activities

C) Group activities: group work, peer feedback and debates

D) Setting different learning goals for students & independent work

 “The level of engagement within the classroom is…”

A) Non-existent

B) Minimal

C) Only when my students ask for help

D) High

Answered mostly A: The Authority

In this style of learning the teacher is responsible for providing information and students are expected to absorb the information. The teaching method is teacher centred and doesn’t focus on student participation or building relationships. It’s commonly known as a “Lecture Style” of teaching, revolving around lengthy sessions or presentations where students should make their own notes.

Pros:

  • This style is perfect for large groups of higher education student e.g. college/university students
  • Subjects that focus mainly on facts, including history, benefit from this method
  • Helps students’ memorise large amounts of information including key dates, facts or names

Cons:

  • Lack of teacher/student interaction
  • No flexibility for students concerns/needs
  • High risk of student’s losing focus in class

Answered mostly B: The Demonstrator

Teachers using this style put emphasis on demonstration, where they act as a role model to demonstrate a skill and guide students into applying their knowledge. This method uses a mixture of a standard presentation, followed by activities and demonstrations to encourage an interactive environment

Pros:

  • Using a variety of formats maintains the attention of students
  • Encourages student participation
  • Allows students to work at their own pace

Cons:

  • Minimal student/teacher interaction
  • Some students might not be able to apply skills immediately after demonstration

Answered mostly C: The Delegator

Teachers using a delegator teaching style place control of learning with their students and take an observer role. This teaching style role promotes collaboration and peer-to-peer learning, this could include group work, peer feedback, lab-based learning or debates.

Pros:

  • Creates independent learners
  • Encourages group work
  • Helps student motivation

Cons:

  • Can remove teacher authoritative status
  • Some students require a more structured form of learning
  • Not effective for certain subjects

Answered mostly D: The Facilitator

Teachers using the facilitator style focus on student-centred learning, setting activities to encourage self-learning within the classroom. Students are prompted to meet the demand of various learning tasks rather than being given the right answer, this encourages independent learning.

Pros:

  • Encourages individual learning
  • Develops students problem-solving skills
  • Individual learning allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the subject
  • Students have flexibility to work at their own pace
  • Teachers can work to each students individual need

Cons:

  • Requires a high level of individual student interaction to be successful
  • Can be difficult to implement with a large class
  • Time management can be difficult, some students will require more one-to-one time than others
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