The silence in every child cries out: “let me participate and be involved in my own learning and let me join in with other leaners to learn”. A way to deal with this plight is to employ the discussion method of teaching. In this method, the teacher put forward the subject matter to which students present their opinions and views. The teacher will therefore serve as the leader or the moderator of the talk, since he/she may or may not be part of the discussion.
Unlike the didactic method, teacher is not the sole performer instead it is a collaborative exchange of ideas. Discussion method may not necessarily be a whole class thing, it may go in form of grouping students into units with a leader in each, and then they organize independent discussions prior to a presentation in class.
The method is convenient for teachers and very conducive for students. It opens the students to the acts of thinking, analyzing, evaluating and tolerance. It is worthy of mention that it makes students creative, better communicators and build in them leadership skills.
Like every other method however, discussion has its own downsides and limitations; it could be dominated by the outspoken students, be disorganized and even go out of control and chief of it all, it wastes time especially when the class is a large one. Hence, teachers need to discourage domination, give positive remarks to contributors, welcome debates from students but should always stay in control and end the lesson with a summary which will reiterate the correct views.
“Students who never experienced it, are missing out. Students who experienced it, want more. Students do not like to remain on those hard seats”.
Field trip entails taking students out of class to a place related to their class lesson. The method gives students the privilege of learning with all senses and also a good way teachers become their friends. Field trips are not limited to journeys to destinations away from the school, rather spots in and around the school compound can also make up a trip. Say a teacher is teaching erosion, taking the students to the street to see occurrence and control of erosion is a field trip.
Before going out, it is important to familiarize your students to the purpose, by this they know what to look out for and will not take it as mere play or tourism. Experiences should be related after the trip and students should be asked to compare and contrast them to the class lesson.
When a filed trip becomes impracticable because of challenges should as time, risk, managing the students or finance, the teacher can help with video clips, images or specimens if possible.
On a final note, as long as you are able to make meaningful use of the teaching methods, you are “good to go”, surely your students will enjoy you!
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