Our philosophy is that the most effective and contextually-relevant teaching strategies come from the teachers themselves. Teachers are the tireless professionals who have developed their own solutions to the challenging multilingual, multi-grade and low resource classrooms they lead day after day. TeacherFOCUS works to identify and recognize the incredible strategies teachers employ to ensure all children receive a quality education. Use the media resources below to reflect on and improve your own teaching methods
Teachers should use a variety of different questions to get their students thinking and applying what they learn. In this video Saw Myo Nyunt effectively uses different levels of questions to engage his students.
Science should be hands on! In this video Daw Ngwe Lar gives all students the opportunity to practice and apply as she teaches about the properties of water.
Reading doesn’t have to be silent or just repeating after the teacher. In this video Naw Gold Rain engages students in reading by giving them roles and responsibilities!
It’s good to give students the opportunity to learn both independently and in teams. Naw Si Si Tun begins her lesson by having students review Independently, then work in Small groups, then in Large groups. Finally, she checks for understanding Individually again at the end. ISLI.
Visual, Audio, Kinesthetic
Students learn in a variety of ways. This video shows Daw Yi Yi Myint promoting Visual, Audio and Kinesthetic teaching methods to help her grade 4 students learn about geometry.
Every teacher structures their lessons in different ways based on the lesson topic, the needs of their students, and the resources available. Here you will watch Mirayar Paul deliver a well-sequenced lesson that she has thoughtfully planned to give students opportunities to explore the curriculum. She uses the following steps 1. Identify Prior Knowledge, 2. Exploration ,3. Instruction ,4. Reading ,5. Q&A ,6. Formative Assessment
Teacher as Facilitator
Transitioning from teacher-centered to student-centered methods can be a challenge. It requires the teacher to give more responsibility to the students and not be the center of attention. Daw Yi Yi Myint does just that using facilitation to enable students to share their opinions.
How confident are you that students fully understand what was taught by the end of your lesson? A way you can find this out is by using a Formative Assessment. Formative assessments are methods used to check student learning - they give teachers valuable information on student progress so teachers know what needs to be reviewed again. In this video Daw Htway uses a formative assessment to check that all her KG students can confidently spell all colors in English.
In order for students to deeply understand new concepts, it's important to provide them with examples they are familiar with from their daily life. In this video, we will watch Nant Chaw Chaw integrate examples of countable and uncountable nouns into her lesson from students' daily lives.
Using ICT in the Classroom
Teaching concepts in science requires using different approaches to help students understand challenging new content. To help his students visualize the orbit of the moon and the Earth, Saw Mu Gay Htoo shows the students a video he found online that illustrates the orbits.If available, use ICT to enhance student learning and bring the curriculum to life. Don’t forget to make the new information relevant by asking questions, clarifying, and contextualizing to ensure students get the most out of the technology.
Similar Ability Grouping
Mixed ability classes are a common challenge for many teachers. It takes time and assessment to understand students’ individual learning styles, language needs, abilities and motivations. In this video Ju Ju divides her kindergarten class into groups based on their abilities to challenge academically strong students and provide additional support to students who need it.
Just like a fishing hook is used to grab a fish and pull it in, teachers can begin their class with a "lesson hooks" to grab students' attention. By having a hook for each lesson, you establish a culture where students know they start learning as soon as they walk into your class.There are several types of hooks that teachers can use in their classroom. In this video, you will see three different lesson hooks from three teachers.