Effective Teaching Styles and Strategies

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Effective Teaching Styles and Strategies

MANILA, Philippines - How do you prepare for class, capture and sustain students' attention, make the lessons stick, and close and evaluate a subject or presentation?

These are some of the engaging topics I will cover in our forthcoming seminar on "Festival of Teaching Styles and Strategies" slated on Feb. 11, at the P. Bernardo Elementary School in Quezon City. This is covered by DepEd advisory and is open to both public and private teachers.


Once you establish the audience, location, occasion, and purpose for your presentation, you can now start out with an outline. Begin with a purpose statement and limit it to the primary goal you plan to accomplish in your talk.

Your statement should be guided by the following considerations:

* Is my purpose statement clear?

* Can I accomplish my goal in the time allotted?

* Is my purpose relevant to the audience?

* Is my purpose too technical or too simple for the audience?

After you have finalized your purpose statement, list down your main talking points. Bear in mind that your audience is only likely to remember two or three things you say. So don't try and cram your presentation with content.

Retention of information by the audience is reduced as a talk proceeds, so if you do want to make a series of points, organize them from the most to the least important. That way, the audience is more likely to remember the important points later.

Preparing Your Presentation

* OPENING REMARKS. Your opening remarks set the tone of the whole presentation. Audiences make up their minds very quickly. If you don't capture the audience's attention immediately, it's unlikely they'll listen carefully to the rest of your speech. Be creative with your introduction. Using a question as an opener causes the listener to stop and think.

Once you have their attention, your message can help them answer the question. Obviously, any of these openings must be relevant to your message, or they will confuse your listeners. Once you have their attention, it's time to relate your main message.

* KNOWN TO UNKNOWN. It would be best to flow the presentation from the general to the more specific and from the known to the unknown.

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