If a teacher creates an atmosphere conducive to
learning, students will become receptive to any knowledge
communicated. Teaching and Learning always occurs in the context of
an instructional relationship, and the style of that relationship
changes in every classroom setting and with every Teacher and every
Student. Each individual has a different learning style, some learn
thru visual stimulation, others are auditory, and still others take
in information kinesthetically.
An effective teacher uses different teaching methods
to reach all students; power point presentations, lectures, group
work, hands-on experiences, and direct student dialogue.
According to Lev Vygotsky’s “Sociocultural Theory”,
learning is active and constructed. The teacher engages the students
not only to impart skills but to also give the learner both a
context and the cultural values of that skill. In other words, for
learning to take place it needs to be relevant to the student’s
Howard Gardner, another theorist, reminds us that
learning is process that involves the individual as a whole. His
“Theory of Multiple Intelligences”, gave educators the tools to
reach each student through their own unique strengths thereby
helping them develop those areas that are more challenging.
Teaching for me is as much an avocation as it is a
vocation, and sometimes, as a teacher, I know that I must reach a
student in ways that are less obvious to the casual observer. I am
acutely aware that we are role models and that sometimes it’s not
what we say, but rather who we are that makes the difference in a
student’s life. Sometimes we just need to show support to our
students and believe in them and their abilities to enable them to
overcome obstacles in their learning process.
There is a old Chinese saying: “When the student is
ready the Master will appear.” I believe that if they are sitting
in my classroom they are ready; it’s my job to engage them.