Recapitulate those school days where the teachers applied no teaching strategies. Undoubtedly, So boring class and teacher continuously delivery the lesson. Our only role was to keep staring at the teacher with an expression of yes. We understood the teaching, and it was so interesting.

Our teachers never cared about knowing the fact whether we loved the class or we understood the chapter. Just their work was to attain the classroom and deliver the lesson. Moreover,they never tried to make the education entertaining by implementing innovative teaching strategies.

Those days are over; this era is about your creative teaching skills. Many innovation strategies have come up for the students; to make the teaching easy, entertaining, and fun. Above all teachers are trying to involve their students in learning by applying different techniques.

It’s time to know the innovative teaching strategies that will make your lessons more captivating and grab students’ attention.

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15 Innovative teaching strategies to kick start your teacher’s brain

1. Interactive sessions

In a traditional classroom, one-way lessons meant where only the teacher used to deliver the chapters. It was boring and exhausting for the students because they were not allowed to speak during the class.

Now the classroom is changed, students are encouraged to join the in-class activities to make the period interactive and engaging.

In the traditional classroom, students used to raise their hands or have their names called out to participate in any activity. Still, here everyone is involved so that all get a chance to participate in interactive activities.

Most importantly, the shy children also get encouraged to see others’ participation.

2. Blending studying

Blended learning is a strategy with both traditional and modern techniques to deliver a lesson. This method can be adaptable by both teachers and students. Blending techniques can make the class more entertaining by using high-tech videos and pictures.

In this modern world where we have high technologies, we should utilise them in teaching methods. Teachers can create an interactive classroom environment experience for the students.

Create a short LMS of the topics related to the syllabus so the students can easily understand the chapter or allow them to play the games and quizzes related to the lesson. The blending method is applicable in online and offline modes.

3. Project-based learning

Project-based learning is fascinating; as because children love to do projects by cutting and gluing. It engages students in critical thinking and makes them more creative. Besides Project – encourages problem-solving ability and brings innovative ideas.

Project learning methods involve a student in research work, working independently, and how to work in group activities. Furthermore, group projects boost leadership quality in a student.

The role of a teacher is to guide a student while learning; students engage in their learning journey in a fun and entertaining way. Project learning will bring confidence, engagement, conception, and creativity to a student. 

4. Flipped Classroom teaching strategies

In a flipped classroom, class starts with videos, read materials, and images related to the lessons as a brainstorming. By doing so, students become active in understanding the topic. In addition, Flipped classrooms are an effective way of learning for all age groups.

Teachers showing them videos, pictures, and the documentary film makes them exciting. In this type of classroom no boring lectures from the teachers. Moreover, the teacher should arrange a group discussion, debates, and quizzes to assess their knowledge of the topic.

This method will help a teacher evaluate each student’s performance and can plan personalised learning according to the assessment. Flipped classes help to decrease the homework culture in a school.

5. Peer Learning teaching strategies

Sometimes what a teacher can’t make the student understand, a student can. Teaching from a Peer can help a student understand the lesson more easily. Indeed, this method will deliver better knowledge and command of the subject. In Peer teaching, the student will learn the chapter clearly so they can teach their friend the easiest way.

Students also exchange their doubts and try to help each other to make the lesson understand. Peer teaching creates a bond between the students and makes them more confident.

They gave the students a chance to grow their responsibility toward their friend to teach rightly and develop a feeling of ownership, presentation skills, self-study, and confidence.

6. Cross-over teaching strategies

Teachers take their students to a trip, exhibition, or museum in crossover teaching. Students enjoy the excursion; it’s full of excitement to explore the outside world finally. What could be more exciting if your classroom went to be an open place.

Crossover learning shows the working of the concept in the actual setting. Students can explore the correlation of the realistic idea with the chapter.

Introduce a chapter’s theoretical knowledge in the class, then visit the place where you can show the practical concept. It will give a deep understanding of the lesson.

To evaluate the understanding, assign project work to the students.

7. Peer assessment teaching strategies

Peer feedback is a teaching strategy where feedback is taken after the teacher delivers the lesson. The students will actively engage in the process to speak openly and also confidently. The skills of accurately conveying constructive feedback are crucial in a student’s life.

Peer feedback can encourage each other to improve their studies, and feedback for the teacher to motivated to deliver lessons with better teaching methods. Particularly, a routine of taking feedback should be inculcated into a student’s life. Let your students talk with a free mind and ask them to react to their feedback. Confidence to speak freely will generate in students by this method.

8. Personalised learning

Every teaching method can not fit every student; a good plan may not be suitable for me. In this case, a personalised plan of teaching is the best option. Like debate can be a great tool to develop confident speaking, but it can be a nightmare for introverted children.

A planned lesson plan can be an effective way to prepare a student to understand the topic correctly. Personalised teaching is where a child’s interests, strengths, and weaknesses (SWAT) are analysed before delivering the case. 

The learning journey can be different for the students. Still, the ultimate target is to help them to achieve in-depth knowledge. 

9. Question Answer teaching strategies.

The lecture-based class can be tedious, and students need engagement to keep themselves active. So you can start your course with ice-breaking questions related to the topic to introduce. Open-ended questions after the lesson are also engaging and boost critical thinking ability. Here teacher acts as a mediator rather than giving a speech. 

Students will be involved in research to find the correct answer and develop problem-solving skills.

While researching a question, understanding the topic will be clear. Teachers can also ask a simple question at the end of the class to bring the attention of the students and can assess their knowledge of the topic taught in the class.

10. Design idea teaching strategies

Designed thinking is a modern method to fabricate a child’s problem-solving, creativity, and team-up skills. After all, It is a non-linear and interactive process to understand the need of the student. 

Design thinking involves five processes-

Empathise- By growing empathy, find the need for the solution.

Define- Understanding the issues and except to address them.

Ideate– Thinking ability and create new ideas

Prototype– Prepare a checklist of the solution for further use

Test- Examine the solution, analyse and collect advice.

Design thinking strategy can boost confidence and the ability to solve problems in real-life situations. Apply design thinking from the early stage in a child’s life.

11. Inclusive Teaching

 A school is a diverse place where we can see students from different cultural backgrounds. Sometimes it becomes tough to teach these students in a class. Each environment represents a different culture and tradition. Some students can be first-generation learners, so teaching them is challenging work.

As an educator, grab this opportunity to know them deeply and build a bridge between the lesson and their cultural history. Or you can invite someone who represents their culture. This way, they will learn more about their background and get encouragement.

Moreover, you can host cultural dance or drama to engage more students from a different cultures.

12. Problem-solving method

Problem-solving strategy is student-based learning where a facilitator provides relevant questions to the students to solve them in a specific time. If you plan to apply this method, inform your students a day before receiving the topic.

The teacher can use group activities or individuals to assess the given problems. One advantage of this teaching strategy is that it helps your students break the class’s monotony, and Knowledge on the topic continues for a long time.

Students become interested in the topic and become active throughout the period. Most importantly problem-solving method improves team building. The teacher’s work is to guide their students while solving the problems.

13. Convergent and Divergent teaching methods

Convergent and Divergent strategies are exciting methods of teaching students critical thinking and problem-solving in actual stances.

These thoughts are opposite, but the path to finding the solution is identical.

The convergent approach where multiple possible solutions are given and striking the odd to finalise the unique one.

Whereas in Divergent method starts with a prompt and finally to different solutions related to the matter.

Both the methods are unique as they develop an analysing skill in a student. A teacher should add convergent and divergent questions in the assessment paper; it supports creativity and thought processing in a child.

14. Virtual reality technology

Virtual reality includes playing Vr games, 3D cinemas, and many more. It gives a whole new experience to a student sitting in a classroom. What could be more exciting than when you can feel the actual objects in your classroom? Thinking as one has visited another place or universe.

A teacher can show the actual object related to the topic to the students; for them, it can be exciting to experience.

VR is a bit costly, but its result is extraordinary; it can turn any case into an interesting one that makes it worthy of the price. Apply this to see a blast from the students in your class.

15. 3D Printing teaching method

3D printing for the kids can make the lesson exciting and build a hands-on experience to learn the topic interestingly.  This method creates an engaging environment as the students ignite their imagination through these teaching strategies.

The subject becomes more accessible and clear to them. After all, 3D models of any human body or Earth make them exciting to touch and feel the objects.    

3d picture and model promotes curiosity, and they can have the urge to learn graphic design, architecture, or engineering. Most importantly, students get involved and study the structure’s details.

7 benefits of modern teaching strategies

1. Promotes research

Modern methods involve research worth for teachers and students. Students can explore and learn new things out of their curriculum. In addition, these strategies are tools to make their brain sharp.

2. Learn problem-solving and critical thinking abilities

 Innovative teaching methods promote the skill of solving the problem and finding the perfect solution. IT also create an environment where they can feel confident to handle any issues in their life.

These strategies act as brainstorming to find a new solution rather than mugging the textbook answers.

3. Learn soft skills

 New teaching strategies are based on activities. Students learn to build a team, leadership quality, creative minds, and many more during group and individual moves. The new complex tool makes them think out of the box and work with the team.

4. Student’s assessment

 Each student is not exact, exam or percentage can’t decide a child’s future. Innovated teaching methods help to understand the topic and the problems a child can face. By doing a SWAT analysing, the teacher can customize the teaching method as per the need of the student.

5. Students don’t get confused

 A lesson plan is a must in modern teaching strategies. The lesson plan keeps a child’s strength and how much they can take in a day. And most importantly, one approach is applied during the class so that students don’t get confused or overburdened with the topics covered in a period.

6. Self-assessment skill

 Some methods like feedback and peer learning methods, where students grow self-evaluation skills in a student. Students can find out how much they have learned from the topic and how they can improve more. Students become more curious about the facts and gain in-depth knowledge of the matter by researching it. They will get motivation and feedback from their fellows to know more.

7. Stimulate classroom

 Innovative strategies energise the atmosphere of the school. The students become an active participants in the classroom. 

The metaphors are more encouraging than the traditional methods. A positivity sparks in both ways of education. The students fill up with surprises and excitement, ready to get something new in their dish of learning. They feel confident speaking up and interacting with anyone.

Bottom line

These teaching strategies can inspire creativity and engage the students in a classroom. A transformation in the teaching method can bring successful learning, which is the motto of a teacher. As a teacher, you should teach your students that failure in life is ok, and one should keep trying the success.

Apply all the strategies per the topic’s requirement, and never apply too many techniques simultaneously. Plan the method you think will fit the case; prepare a lesson plan based on the strategy.

Start with a short question-answer round to activate their brain and attention. Teaching is an art and creative professional; you can decide how to execute the teaching and learning process. 

Some simple and common ways to impart in your classroom; are by showing videos, charts, storytelling methods, and many others. A teacher should check the quality of the education, and continuous evaluation can create an awareness in the children to study correctly. Create a positive environment for the students.

FAQs

1. What is positive learning?

Ans: Positive learning is a method that allows education to flow swiftly and natural way in a classroom. By implementing these strategies, students will actively participate in the learning process.

2. Suggest some teaching resources we can get from the internet?

Ans: On the internet, many websites and channels are available for innovative teaching ideas that can be applied in the classroom anywhere around the globe. You can also get worksheets, notes, and practice papers.

3. What should be the questioning skill of a teacher?

Ans: Questioning skill is essential in good teaching; ask questions to assess the student’s engagement, attention, and understanding of the topic. Most importantly, the question should be straightforward to understand for the student.

4. Suggest some questioning techniques

Ans: Some of the essential questioning methods are:
1. Open-ended and closed-ended questions
2. Ask probing questions
3. Asking rhetorical questions
4. Funnel questions
5. Leading question

How can I motivate my students?

Ans: Tips to motivate your classrooms-
 1. Be an inspiration for them
 2. Develop a respectful relationship between your students
 3. Encourage your students; you are a student in a growth mindset
4. Make your goal clear.

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