Internet Resources for Better Teaching

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Features...

Internet Resources for Better Teaching

With the arrival of 2008, be open to the different ways of self-improvement using the World Wide Web.

Here are a few tips to become better at teaching, and a few online resources that can turn out to be the best thing to stumble upon for the new year.

Learn about different kinds of intelligence.
For better results when it comes to teaching, try drawing on eight areas of intelligence according to Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of education at Harvard University.

This groundbreaking work which first came up in 1983 states that everyone has weak and strong points when it comes to learning — the basic “smarts”, so to speak.

These basic areas of intelligence are linguistic (word smart), logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart), spatial (picture smart), bodily-kinesthetic (body smart), musical (music smart), interpersonal (people smart), intrapersonal (self smart), and naturalist (nature smart).

How to best use this study? Check out become-a-better-teacher-using-the-theory-of-multiple-intelligences.html

Learn about the power of praise.
It is a fact that motivation is important to encourage a student’s academic success. But to become a better teacher, one has to recognize two critical variables for it to happen: Skill and Will, the former being the student’s skill as a learner, and the latter being the intrinsic motivation to learn.

So how do you effectively praise your students? Tips like linking praise to specific accomplishments rather than inconsistent praising or being sincere and “spontaneous” instead of vague can be found in praising-effectively.htm

Learn about the newest books available.
Amazon.com and academicsuperstore.com have many books available for online shopping. One book to be recommended for those aspiring to become better teachers is “Becoming a Better Teacher: Eight Innovations that Work”.

Find out more about 1) essential questions, 2)curriculum integration, 3)standards-based curriculum and assessment design, 4) authentic assessment, 5) scoring rubrics, 6) portfolios, 7) reflection and 8) action research.

It is a comprehensive text that elaborates on eight research-based classroom innovations worthy of implementation in the present classroom context. There are detailed explanations and how-tos that can be of great help to teachers of different levels and curriculum designs.

Learn what “to click” for various teaching tips.
Link pages are perfect for those researching on how to improve one’s teaching skills, lesson plans, organization, and dealing with difficult behavior, among others.

Honolulu.hawaii.edu.net has a lot of links that can be of great help to any teacher in any stage of his or her career.From simple tips on The First Day of Class or 10 Things to Make the First Day a Success to Syllabus Checklist or Lesson Planning Procedures, a lot of information can be found in this links page.

There are also articles on Interactions among the Generations and Culturally Effective Communication, as well as The Foundation for Critical Thinking and Effective Techniques of Questioning. These can undoubtedly help with anyone’s new year resolutions of becoming better teachers.

One recommended article would be “How Students Learn vs. How We Teach” which contains excerpts from Lion F. Gardiner’s Article “Why We Must Change: The Research Evidence”.

This article discusses, among a lot of other things, how students retain and apply more information if they had been involved in the discussion. Statistics are also provided, albeit of the United States educational system, which can give a picture of the general state of public school education today.

Sources:

Parker, Jennifer Lovvorn. (n.d.) Become a Better Teacher Using the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Retrieved January 2, 2008 from http://www.googobits.com/articles/p4-697-become-a-better-teacher-using-the-theory-of-multiple-intelligences.html
Titsworth, Scott. (n.d.) Praising Effectively. Retrieved January 2, 2008 from
http://www.unl.edu/speech/comm109/Files/forias/teaching.htm
n. a. (n.d.) Becoming a Better Teacher: Eight Innovations that Work: For education courses in General Methods, and General Methods for the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Retrieved January 2, 2008 from
http://www.academicsuperstore.com/market/marketdisp.html?PartNo=740972
n. a (n.d.) Teaching Tips Index. Retrieved January 2, 2008 from http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/teachtip.htm#assessment
Gardiner, Lion F. (n.d.) How Students Learn vs. How We Teach. Retrieved January 2, 2008 from http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/gardiner.htm

(Published 07 January 2008, Smart Schools Program)

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