New teaching methods have seen a sudden rise in their popularity. While the traditional methods focus on just knowledge transmission, the latest teaching methods assess if the students have actually gained something from it. In order to keep students up-to-speed with current affairs, boost retention and encourage problem-solving different teaching methods can be mixed. This mixed-method approach can aggregate one traditional and one new way or consist of two or more new teaching methods.
Advantages Of New Teaching Methods
New methodology always has the edge over the traditional chalk and talk. Let’s see what the advantages of new methods are.
1. Student-Centered Learning
New methodologies give opportunities for two-way communication in contrast to the traditional ways of teaching. The students get a chance to express their viewpoint on a topic and there is a scope for immediate correction. The teacher plays the role of a facilitator while allowing the students to explore their ideas.
2. Nurtures HOTs
With the help of new teaching styles, the students are given new topics where they brainstorm and collect data from various sources. The continuity in this process leads to the development of high-order-thinking (HOT) skills. It adds a student’s ability to think outside the box.
3. Boosts Imagination And Problem-solving
In these methods, students are either given real-life experiences or correspondent situations are created in the classroom itself. This is done to stimulate their imagination. They learn by participating and hence, genuinely grasp the problem and try to solve them.
4. Improves Analytic Ability
The teacher’s role as a facilitator makes it possible for the learner to learn by himself. He builds up his content knowledge by synthesising information offered by the teacher. Like a jig-saw puzzle- the learner puts all the pieces together. Through this, he moves from simple to complex information.
5. Enhances Power To Compare
In contrast to the traditional teaching style, the new teaching methodology provides legitimate experiences to its learners. They are designed to teach them the ability to differentiate between theory and its application in the real world.
New Teaching Methods
Two popular new teaching methodologies combined to create a unique learning experience are excursion and cross-over learning. Combining these two teaching methods creates a new mixed way of teaching, which can be used for various subjects like geography, history, science, physics, etc.
The crossover learning method gives opportunities to learn in multiple settings such as inside the classroom, museum, and field trips. Teachers can use this method by proposing a question, taking them to these informal settings to find an answer, and then going back to the classroom to discuss and share the findings.
Here, a set of questions are raised for the students about a concept they are unaware of. Brainstorming activity generates in the student’s mind, and he tries to look for answers.
Excursion and field study are essential learning tools in geography. It is an effective means of motivating students and engaging them in active learning experiences. It is an activity carried out by a group of learners outside the classroom to have a first-hand experience of what happens in real-life situations.
The excursion teaching method compliments cross-over learning. After the brainstorming session students are taken to a corresponding environmental setting where they discover, analyze, and gain first-hand knowledge through real-life experiences. The students can be taken to museums, field trips, space inventory, historical places, etc. After exploring the sites, when the students return to their classroom they can answer the formerly asked questions with ease as they have practically giant knowledge about the concept and not theoretically.
By bringing together the excursion and crossover teaching methods, we have created a new pedagogy based on inquiry learning. Students participate in hands-on learning and connect the knowledge obtained. If this mixed-method is applied in the classroom, education will be more active, effective and long-lasting.
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