5 Ways to Improve Teaching & Learning in Classroom


Last Updated: September 5, 2022
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The world we live in is constantly evolving. Our lives today are drastically different from those even 30 years ago. Spending hours in front of a computer is no longer seen as a waste of time. In fact, that is where we get most of our work done. Most sectors, too, are now digitised and on the search for digitally savvy individuals.

Among other things, these advancements also put our methods of teaching into perspective. Are traditional methods of teaching still relevant? Or are we just preparing our children for a world that no longer exists?

It’s time to reinvent the classroom experience for students. Here are five ways to begin with:

1. Bring Down the Walls

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Learning can no longer be confined within the walls of a classroom. Thanks to the Internet, we are constantly taking in information. So, using the Internet to aid your teaching will help you keep up. You can recommend blogs, news sites or other relevant media as study matter, thus ensuring that your students get their information from the right place. Education systems are also introducing mixed-age classrooms where children of different age groups sit together and learn various skills at their individual pace. So, the rigid idea of limiting education to classrooms is dissolving gradually.

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2. Embrace Technology

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From being limited to just one period in the entire week, ‘Computers’ is now part of the entire education system. Might as well embrace it, right? Many schools in our country are integrating technology into every subject. Providing tablets for learning and using videos and podcasts, are some of the examples of how you can use technology in classrooms. This will also familiarise students with using technology for academic purposes, not just for entertainment.

3. Prepare them for the Real World

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Embracing technology has another benefit – it gives a flexible edge to education. Now, lessons and modules can be personalised to match the abilities of each student. More importantly, instead of trying to limit students to the syllabus, we can make use of technology to help students fit into the future world. Practices that do not prepare students for a future workspace need to be replaced with skills that will. For instance, students today need to be encouraged to focus on the application of their education as organisations today are looking for more applied skills.

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4. Hone Emotional Intelligence

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To nurture a well-rounded individual, it is necessary to facilitate emotional intelligence. With the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning, humans are no longer required to store information in their brains. That job has now been outsourced to machines. Today, true skill lies in how we use this technology and emotional intelligence is the foundation for that. In classrooms and among peers, students can learn team-building and leadership skills that will help them deal with the changing world.

5. Develop Cognitive Flexibility

Quote by Charles Darwin, "It is not the strongest of the species, not the most intelligent who survive, but the one most responsive to change."

Although we learn most of our skills by the age of 15, learning doesn’t stop at school these days. There is a need to keep updating yourself as the world is progressing. Education needs to take into account and prepare students for a rapidly evolving future. It is important to develop thinking skills, which is the ability to adjust one’s thinking to new conditions by overcoming old ideas and habits. This can be done through a variety of activities that can help students learn how to apply and transfer their skills. This includes flexibility in their daily school schedules or introducing surprise elements in the syllabus.

As much as this list helps you optimise your classroom for the future, the most important thing to remember is that change is constant. Staying on top of your game, updating yourself and adapting your teaching methods to suit whatever development comes next is the only way forward.

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