Hi buddies! It is unbelievable that we are in the week of 11 already. It means that the course it going to end sooner. The same goes to our assignment 3 where the due date is in two weeks time. For this week’s entry, we are assigned to list out 7 possible items which will ensure an effective student-centred, personalised, higher-order-thinking lesson.
1. Suitability of the activities to the target group.
– The first item that will be affecting the effectiveness of the lesson is how far the activities designed suit the level of the pupils. it is crucial for teachers to adapt and design activities that are in the level of proficiency of the pupils. Hence, teachers really have to get to know their pupils and recognize their learning preferences including the ability of the pupils. The suitability of the activities will affect the performance of the pupils in the classroom.
2. Suitability of the teaching aids to the target group.
– The second item that is important to look into is the suitability of the teaching aids to the target group. Teachers have to design or search for teaching aids that are appropriate and effective for the pupils. For example, if the lesson is for Year 2 pupils, the teaching aids should be in bright colour, attractive enough to grab the pupils’ attention towards the lesson. However, it would be different for Year 5 pupils where the teaching aids should be challenging and capturing their interest to the lesson. Therefore, the suitability of the teaching aids can contribute to student-centred, personalised, higher-order-thinking lesson.
3. Variety of teaching approaches.
– In my opinion, teachers should vary their teaching approaches and not focusing on one teaching approach only. There are many teaching approaches that can be applied in classroom for instant the silent way, communicative approach, total physical response, and etc. By varying the teaching approaches will be helpful to suit different needs of the pupils besides achieving the goals of student-centred, personalised, higher-order-thinking lesson.
4. Integration of ICT tools.
– Next, in order to ensure an effective student-centred, personalised, higher-order-thinking lesson it is crucial to integrate ICT tools in the lesson. There are a lot of interesting ICT tools that can be applied in the lesson to make teaching and learning more enjoyable and effective. Thus, teachers should not refuse to use the opportunity to intergate ICT tools in the classroom.
5. Teacher acts as facilitator.
– Teachers’ role in the classroom is very important to achieve the set goals. Teachers should act as facilitators in teaching and learning activities to allow the pupils to take control of the activities. Teachers will monitor and be aware of their progress to ensure the activities run smoothly and the pupils take control of the learning.
6. Variety of teaching activities.
– This is another important element that influences the effectiveness of the lesson. Teacher should vary the activities conducted in the classroom to avoid boredom among the pupils. There are a lot of materials that teachers can use to vary the activities for the pupils such as using songs, poems, stories, games, etc. Therefore, variation in the teaching activities can effect the achievement of the pupils in the classroom besides adding their enthusiasm to learn.
7. Pupils work in pairs and groups.
– By allowing the pupils to work in pairs or groups can give the opportunity for the pupils to learn with their peers. Hence, it is crucial to insert group or pair activities in each lesson to encourage the pupils to learn from their peers.In addition, it promotes the pupils to share their ideas and opinions besides building team work spirit.
That’s all for this entry. I hope that my group and I have done our best to ensure all these 7 items are applied in our lesson.