As a teacher, it’s vital to know how to grasp your classroom situation and control the flow at the same time. But, if you’re continually struggling to figure out those things, perhaps you need to fix some things about your teaching styles.
In today’s article, you’ll learn about what teaching styles are, and how you can apply them to your classroom. Let’s dig in!
What are the Teaching Styles?
Quoted from Cognifit, teaching styles are the methods that you can adopt to manage strategies for your classroom instruction.
Since students have different kinds of learning styles, you, as a teacher, also need to have different teaching styles to fit in into the situation.
How Did the Idea of Teaching Styles Come Out?
Until now, what remains questionable for some educators are about how these styles can emerge in the educational field.
However, of course, they didn't come out of nowhere. They are the result of many kinds of researches during the early 20th century.
One of the notable figures that pave the road on the teaching styles that we use now, is Anthony F. Grasha.
Grasha is a notable psychology professor at the University of Cincinnati who formulated and developed the teaching styles.
He was particularly interested in studying the relationship between teachers and learning in college classrooms.
And his book, entitled Teaching with Style, is considered as a guide for teachers, as well as to help fellow teachers, administrators, or students to evaluate the teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom.
Through times, the teaching style formulations have been adopted and modified by many others, forming them into these five teaching styles that we will discuss now.
The Five Teaching Styles
- Authority Style
The authority style relies on a one-way discussion between the teacher and students. It means that the teacher mainly explains the lesson all the time.
Meanwhile, the students are the listeners. They can hardly participate and engage during the lesson.
For some subjects, this style might be suitable. For example, if you’re a history teacher, the authority style is perfect for you.
Many history lessons require students to memorize important dates, events, terms, and many more. And of course, you don’t want your students to remember them wrongly, or even get the idea switched, right?
Besides, if you’re teaching higher study disciplines, such as college students, in a large room, and with a number of large students, you can also use the authority style.
However, it’s obviously not recommended if you’re teaching young students. Since it doesn’t involve them in participating in the lesson, they might easily lose their focus, or worse, get super sleepy.
2. Delegator Style
This style is completely the opposite of the authority style. As delegators, they believe that students should be the center of the learning.
What they do, besides encouraging their students to do self activities, is to observe their progress.
This style will be beneficial if you’re planning to do a lot of group projects, lab-based learning, or even debating.
It will let the students explore the lesson independently, and to share creative ideas between themselves.
Also, when they’re doing the projects with their peers, it’s important to keep them entertained while learning new things.
That’s why, you can use Assemblr EDU for your classroom needs. You can let your students create their AR projects, related to the subjects they’re working on.
And when they finish the projects, they can present them in front of the classroom. It’s like killing two birds in one stone, isn't it?
3. Demonstrator Style
A demonstrator is pretty much the same as the authority style. You can still maintain your authority in class, but it’s also combined with other teaching props or activities.
Some of the examples are visual presentations, demonstrations, or fun class activities.
But, presenting images and videos are probably way too mainstream nowadays. So, you can use other kinds of visual presentations—such as 3D objects and animation.
Again, you can use Assemblr EDU for your rescue. With 3D & AR view, your students will get sucked into a more fun, interactive learning.
To give you an idea, this style suits you best if you’re demonstrating a lot to your students. Some subjects that might be suitable are music, art, or physical education.
4. Facilitator Style
A facilitator incorporates an activity-based style. Also, he or she motivates the students to do self-learning.
Therefore, students can sharpen their skills in critical thinking, as well as problem-solving.
Usually, as a facilitator, the teacher will throw a lot of questions related to the subjects or topics discussed to their students. Later on, the students are expected to explore the topic, and find the answers on their own.
This style is highly applicable for science subject, or other similar subjects that require critical thinking.
On the bright side, your students will absorb the lesson better, rather than just memorizing everything that you dictate.
Yet, it’s a little bit harder to measure the students’ understanding of the topic. What they do is a self-discovery, and that being said, there’s supposedly no right or wrong answer.
5. Hybrid Style
Hybrid style is how the teachers’ personality and interests are blended into the students’ needs, or the curriculum applied.
Although this style requires you to do many things at the same time, it’s still considered inclusive (in a very good way)! Since you’re blending in, you can modify your lessons to be applicable for different students.
Which Teaching Styles that Might Fit You Best?
Remember that the main focus here is actually not you.
It’s your students.
So, after finding out these five teaching styles, the next step that you need to think about is which style will work best for every classroom or every lesson you teach.
And to understand the overall concept, most likely, you will need to go through a lot of trial-and-error to find out which one works best for each lesson.
But, we believe that it will all worth the experience despite the difficult process. Well, in other words, you can revolutionize the way you teach!
Also, in fact, you can combine these several styles when you’re teaching. As stated by Grasha, he believed that teachers can play several roles in the classroom.
Most teachers, according to him, can own several styles combined for their teaching styles. So, no worries! You don’t have to stick to merely one style to make it work. 😉
To wrap it up, we’re wishing you tons of luck in exploring the teaching styles! Hopefully you’ll have unmissable classroom experiences with your students. 😆
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