Develop Your Teaching Strategies

You can find inspiration for improving your lesson plans just about anywhere!

When it comes to teaching careers, crafting your style and technique on how you instruct the lessons at hand can make the difference between an engaged classroom or a group of uninterested students. But coming up with a distinct approach to teaching topics that have been lectured for decades is easier said than done. If you plan on becoming a teacher online, here are a few tips on how to start polishing your instructional skills before you're thrown into the lions den that is the classroom.

Learn From the Best
If you're truly struggling to create a new approach for reviewing multiplication to second graders or introducing chemistry to middle schoolers, seek help from someone who's already done it before! Join a teaching network that can help introduce you to different perspectives regarding lesson planning, which can provide you with everything from video tutorialsto step-by-step instruction breakdowns, or even guides on creating an organized curriculum. Signing up for these online groups can also help you network with other teachers, which in turn can produce extremely productive brainstorming sessions.

Find Inspiration
If browsing through endless teaching books and websites isn't switching on any light bulbs, then go to a place you know will spark some inspiration. Head over to a children's public museum, where you'll find a ton of new ways to introduce concepts and subjects to students. Bring a notebook and as you tour these museums jot down any useful ideas that could spawn a lesson plan that will boost interaction in the classroom. 

Embrace Technology
Sure, new types of technology geared toward teachers seem to spring up faster than children shuffling out after the bell rings. But for those who are with the times, utilize your smartphone or tablet by searching through apps geared to help you out with creating a unique lesson plan. For instance, Learnist is an excellent app that can inform teachers with everything from first day of school icebreakers to finding safe and easy classroom science experiments.

Get Feedback
No matter how old your students are, it's important that you're taking their feedback into consideration when you lesson plan. Ask your class to fill out anonymous responses in regard to how they feel about what they're learning and how they're being taught. One critique from a kid might be all it takes to make a beneficial tweak to your lecturing skills. 

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_teachers

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