Training in the Best Teaching Techniques
As a part of enhancing the teaching skills Talal International School organized for its teachers a one-day training in the Best Teaching Techniques. It was presented by Mr. Fredrik Andersson, Managing Director of Princeton English Academy.
Mr. Fredrik Andersson is a renowned academician, who comes with extensive teaching experience. He has years of experience in Saudi Arabia, as a teacher, curriculum developer and academic consultant.
The training program was in the form of a workshop in which the school’s 70 teachers actively participated. They formed teams among themselves to work with what they have learned, discussed actual case studies, did creative exercise, related experiences, put forward recommendations and delivered brief lectures on the topic in reference.
Mr. Fredrik in his presentation focused on the following points.
- Getting organized
- Effective communication (Building bridges)
- Preparing course syllabus
- Preparing lesson plan
- Good practice in teaching
- Setting goals
- Teaching aids including visual aids
- Motivating students
- Dealing with stress
- Dealing with difficult behavior
- Feeling good about teaching (passion for teaching)
- The first day and the best and lasting impression
- Classroom interaction and participation
- Homework and performance evaluation
- Correction and counseling
Mr. Fredrik made it clear that students learn by actively participating in observing, speaking, writing, listening, thinking, drawing, and doing. Learning is enhanced when a person sees potential implications, applications, and benefits to others. Learning builds on current understanding and is augmented by consistent practices and enriching experiences.
Effective teaching means creating effective learning environment and environment where students actively participate and remain engaged with the material are crucial to the learning process. Students are more likely to learn and retain if we ask them to do more than learn information. Including activities where students can explore applications and implications will improve learning.
The session opened by Mr. Yooof, the school’s academic consultant who introduced Mr. Fredrik to the participants and spoke about the need to follow the best practices in teaching that will help nurture the students’ development and gain confidence from improved learning environment. Mrs. Jasmin Rafi, Vice Principal offered vote of thanks and urged the teachers to best practise the innovative and creative techniques on the ground.