A Few Quick Teaching Tips
by Beverley Paine
Have a clear signal for stopping activities or when you want children to be quiet. Get silence and wait for their full attention before you start speaking and give clear instructions or demonstrations. Make sure children understand what they have to do.
Avoid activities that over-excite: It is often difficult to return to a calm and controlled learning environment after a noisy game or activity. If there is little space, avoid activities that require a lot of movement. If it's important to keep the house tidy and clean today, avoid activities that require considerable cutting and pasting, or painting and sculpting, as these can create a great deal of mess.
Make constructive comments about the quality of the children's work and recognise their efforts: Let them see that you value their work.When teaching siblings at home, or if you have younger children, make sure you prepare additional material, or to help cope with fast and not so fast learners' needs and don't let activities go on too long. For younger children five to ten minute lessons are often more than enough to introduce or revise a concept previously introduced.
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