Effective Teaching Strategies

Effective Teaching Strategies

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2014-10-28 07.26.41Professional training in our school takes place every Tuesday. As scheduled in the school professional development plan, the Academic Vice Principal was supposed to conduct a workshop on “The Effective Teaching Strategies”. The Professional Development Committee of the school held a meeting of on Sunday 26 – 10 – 2014, and decided to conduct a workshop that aims at cementing a number of effective teaching strategies. The Committee agreed to offer an opportunity for teachers to share their experience in implementing a variety of teaching strategies with their colleagues. Hence, Mr. Alsayed Abou-Alwafa, the Chemistry teacher, and Mr. Nizar El Euch, the English teacher, have been called to participate in accommodating the workshop of Tuesday 28-10-2014 with two effective teaching strategies in coordination with the Academic Vice Principal Mr. Reda Saad Elmahdy.

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Mr Alsayed has chosen the Traffic Signals Strategy and Mr. Nizar The Graphic Organizer Strategy. The workshop was delivered in a professional and effective way that appealed to all the participants. The workshop helped the trainees to be involved in a lot of practical activities, fruitful discussions and interactions. Most of the participants have shown great willingness to implement the strategies they have practised in the workshop. This strongly reflects the teachers’ positive attitude towards their job and their readiness for change as well as succeeding in customizing the workshop in a way that suits the needs of all the teachers.

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The Professional Development Committee held a post workshop meeting for evaluation and recommendations. The team has come up with a number of recommendations and decisions. First, all the subject coordinators are urged to carry out classroom visits to follow up the implementation of the two strategies as well as other strategies that ensure students’ active participation and promote learner autonomy. Besides, after considering that the workshop was notably successful, the Committe looks forward to conducting similar ones in the coming weeks.

2014-10-28 11.38.532014-10-28 11.37.292014-10-28 09.32.47If you are interested, you can download the presentation used in the workshop here.

ABC Teaching

PD ABC Teaching 6Professional Development sessions started in our school (Ahmed Bin Hanbal Secondary School for Boys) today. I thought of starting by having a quick revision on the basics of the teaching process; starting from planning and ending up with evaluation.

PD ABC Teaching 7I also thought of applying various teaching techniques and strategies in the workshop to help teachers see those strategies in practice. Some of the strategies I used are: KWL, Think, pair and share, Brainstorming, Group discussion, Elicitation, Group work and Concept Map.

PD ABC Teaching 2The workshop was very successful as the trainees were interested and eager to participate in all activities.

PD ABC Teaching 3I did my best to make sure that the presentation covers all the basics of the teaching process and I think this presentation can be very helpful to novice teachers as well as experienced ones.

PD ABC TeachingTo have a clear idea about the points discussed in the workshop, I recommend you download the presentation here.

Mind Maps

 

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In the course of the professional development program of the school this year 2013-2014, I conducted a workshop on “Mind Maps” for the school teachers. The main objectives of the workshop were:

  • to identify and clarify the concept of mind maps, how and when to use them
  • to identify the advantages of using mind maps im teaching
  • to display “mind maps” designed by the school teachers
  • to design “mind maps” for different school subjects

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When I first thought of how to present this to teachers, I came across a very nice video on “Teaching in the 21st Century” which I decided to use as content to discuss in the form of mind maps. I designed a worksheet in the form of a “mind map” with gaps to fill. The trainees were to watch the video and complete the missing information in the mind map. The exercise was very useful as it helped the trainees (the school teachers) to acquire information about teaching in the 21st Century and how mind maps can be useful in getting all trainees involved in a learning activity.

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The workshop was successful as all objectives were achieved and teachers were capable of producing mind maps of their own and that could be used later in their teaching.

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You can download the presentation used here.