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25 Teacher Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

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What are some techniques you use to teach besides direct instruction?

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    What are some techniques you use to teach besides direct instruction?

      Although direct instruction works well for specific topics and types of students, teachers are alternating and expanding their teaching methods to combine both direct teaching and the alternative constructivist approach, which promotes social interaction through discussion and stimulates critical thinking. Think about your teaching style - are you more hands-on or hands-off? Do you allow students to figure out answers on their own? Do you like to be highly involved in their solution process?

      Here are some strategies that you can discuss:

      1) Peer editing, teaching, and assessment
      2) Self and teacher assessment
      3) Discussion-based lessons
      4) Research
      5) Learning through visual arts

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I like to use a broad range of techniques including learning through group discussions, hands-on arts-based projects, and self-assessment. I believe that by switching up the techniques in the classroom, I am keeping my students on their toes while also helping them to think more critically about their performance."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I look forward to incorporating a variety of techniques in my teaching when I enter the classroom. What I would like to do is incorporate multi-media, field trips, guest speakers, and group discussions as often as possible. By mixing it up, I will ensure that my students remain engaged and challenged."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Over the years I have developed a great mix of direct instruction, student-led research, group-based discussion, and multi-media offerings for each class that I teach. It's a must, in my opinion, to offer a few methods for learning so that my students remain attentive and engaged."