the fun-fast way
ethical, enjoyable and stress-free. Hence the importance of posters and
"peripherals" as part of the total presentation.
Getting the big picture first
A major presentation technique is to present "the
big picture" first - to provide an overview, like the total jigsaw puzzle picture, so
that all the later pieces can then fall into place. Again, posters or other classroom
peripherals may well present the big picture - so it's always there as a focusing point.
Telling a story is also a great preview technique.
And field trips are highly recommended at the start of
any study - to see the big picture in action.
Drawing Mind Maps at the start of study, including all
the main "limbs", allows students to draw in the smaller branches later.
Involve all the senses
All good presentations also appeal to all individual
The most neglected learning style in nearly every
school system is kinesthetic - or movement. Every good learning experience has plenty of
verbal stimulation, plenty of music, plenty of visuals - but the really great teachers
make sure to have plenty of action, plenty of participation, plenty of movement. Even
though students may be visual learners, everyone embeds information by doing.
Step out of the lecturing role
This is probably the major personal change required in
teaching styles. All the best "teachers" are activators, facilitators, coaches,
Lozanov practitioners say most learning is "subconscious", the room setting,
posters, body language, tone of speech and positive attitude all are vital parts of the
Plenty of role playing and
Lozanov teachers also encourage students to "act the part". There
are few faster ways to learn science than to act out the roles of famous scientists; or to
learn history by putting yourself in the historical setting.
Organize plenty of "state changes"
The best teachers organize plenty of "state changes" so that
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