To bring about a drastic change in the conventional classroom, teachers need to start implementing change gradually. Altering their teaching methods would be an excellent place to start. Teachers have a significant responsibility on their hands. After all, this is the profession that creates all other professions. Their style of teaching isn’t just limited to the term or grade they teach. It goes a long way in the students’ lives.
Traditionally, students were restricted to their classrooms for obtaining an education. The typical routine of a school-going student would be to attend school, take down notes, go home, finish homework, and prepare for another day of school. This routine goes about in an endless loop until a student graduates or drops out—the lack of change in routine results in demotivation of most students. The student community has to date associated a negative connotation with schools all around the globe for this very reason. Waking up for school in the morning requires a great deal of physical and mental effort because students don’t want to go.
Thankfully, educational institutes are now introducing new and innovative teaching methods to compel the students to school and keep them hooked to course material. These methods include playground learning, field trips, flipped classrooms, and so much more that is yet to be part of teaching. Teachers are investing more time in mastering the progressivism teaching style to be better at their job. Progressivism aims to help students foster a couple of critical foundational skills. These skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, etc. They’re tremendously influential in shaping a child’s future and career. Continue reading to note the benefits of innovative teaching methods in a modern classroom.
- Grasps The Student’s Interest
Students are least willing to go to school because they’re just not interested. Reading from textbooks and taking down notes from the blackboard feels like labor if done consistently daily. Innovative teaching methods like smart boards and virtual reality gather students’ interest to attract them towards learning. Integrating technology that students love with education will also make them cherish school.
- More Engaging
Communication is the most demanded skill in every part of your life. Whether it’s a job, a family problem, marriage, or anything else, communication is what’ll get you through it. While extroverts can be good at this skill, most other soft-spoken students often struggle with effectively communicating. Holding group discussions or asking open-ended questions is the best way to engage students. Innovative teaching methods bring about a classroom environment where students can freely express their opinions and ideas. These opinions don’t have to be per course material, nor do they have to reach a certain standard of the answer that a traditional teacher would expect. It’s the freedom to speak that enables students to participate more often and gain confidence.
- Reduces The Need For Textbooks And Other Printed Material
Every student hates their textbooks and for all the right reasons. Previously, this reason could be the added unnecessary weight of the books. Today, it’s the ecological crisis. Why cut more trees to make paper when you can learn more effectively through digital tools. It makes sense. Students of today grew up with cell phones and tablets. Even if they are fond of reading, they read e-books for the sake of saving forests. Therefore, including YouTube videos, relevant movies, and Podcasts in the course material is way more effective than using a 400-page textbook. Teachers can also use 3D content and animation to gather the students’ interest. To cancel out paper entirely from schools, students can carry iPads and tablets for school purposes. Everyone owns one these days.
- Students Collaborate More Effectively
Teamwork and collaboration aren’t something that can be taught. It’s a skill that an individual naturally picks up in certain circumstances and environments. It is also one that goes a long way in their life. Innovative teaching methods can be helpful to create that specific environment for students. Group projects induce collaboration in students unconsciously. Group projects don’t necessarily have to be theory-based assignments. They can be role plays, brainstorming, problem identification and resolution, research and investigation, games, simulations, etc. Group projects don’t just teach teamwork. They also foster beneficial skills like empathy, negotiation, creating balance, speaking up and compromising, etc.
- Full Attendance
Full attendance is every teacher’s dream throughout their career. However, this dream is hardly ever achieved. With the lack of motivation for school, students often fake illnesses or find other means of skipping school. Even so, attendance won’t be a problem if students have something to look up to. Innovative teaching styles provide them all the reasons that they need to look forward to attending school.
The influence of teachers extends well into the future. It isn’t just restricted to the classrooms. To change the way students perceive school, the teachers must give them something to do so. Innovative styles of teaching help students to develop skills. That otherwise would’ve been impossible to do by copying down mere text. It also helps them realize their talents and encourages them to work towards them.