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Teaching technique – teach them how to learn part 2

Teaching technique – teach them how to learn part 2



When my students entered the classroom (the first day of classes) I told them,”welcome to biology class”. I quickly inform them that they will learn biology (Failure was not an option). I explained that the focus of the class would be how to learn. I explained that it would be as if I am teaching you how to drive a car. The car is biology. The car is not important-How to drive is important. I am going to teach you how to learn. I am… Continue

Added by William Lambert on February 20, 2011 at 1:26pm — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE -WHO DO YOU WORK FOR? I did a workshop for teachers recently. I asked a question of the teachers. The question was “who do you work for?” Some teachers replied by naming the princ…

TEACHING TECHNIQUE -WHO DO YOU WORK FOR?



I did a workshop for teachers recently. I asked a question of the teachers. The question was “who do you work for?”

Some teachers replied by naming the principal of the school. Other teachers replied by shouting out the name of the school. Still other teaches replied by saying “the board of education”.

I asked that the teachers think for a minute. I asked that they think how they happen to be in the field of education. I asked was it… Continue

Added by William Lambert on August 19, 2010 at 3:49am — 1 Comment

Improving Your Teaching Technique



Improving your teaching Technique



If you are having less than desired success, do not place the blame on the students, or on the times. If you are having less than desired successes “do something different”.

What do you do? Here is one suggestion that may give you greater success with this generation of students.

A simple suggestion that must be initiated with care is the recommended idea.

Ask them (the students) how you can better serve them. Do…
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Added by William Lambert on May 11, 2010 at 4:35am — No Comments

FOUR DAY SCHOOLS...NO! NO!



EDUCATION IN TROUBLE



The move is on to create a four day school week. The idea is to increase the school day by one hour and reduce the number of days to four in an effort to save money and reduce more damaging cost cutting measures.



BAD IDEA.



Many parents in effect use school as a baby sitting measure. They have to work. Now if you do not have school on a Monday or Friday what will happen? Parents who work and can’t afford a daytime baby…
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Added by William Lambert on March 9, 2010 at 4:21am — 2 Comments

Teaching Technique-teach the brain not the student





TEACHING TECHNIQUES-TEACH THE BRAIN, NOT THE STUDENT



I am an enthusiastic teacher that believes every student is capable of great success.

I have two great friends and one soon to be great friend that cautions my enthusiasm, their contention is that the teacher’s ability may be good or even great, but we must place more accountability on the student.



I agree. When I do how to learn presentations for students, I tell them they can learn…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 2:57am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-CALL AND RESPONSE





Teaching Technique-Call and Response

This is not a NEW Idea. But I have not seen it used in Public Schools. It worked marvelously for me. I encourage all teachers to give it a try. It Works!



First a little history of the concept.

You have probably seen (on TV) an army group marching, whereas the leader calls out a verbal command and the entire group responds with some verbal reply.

You have seen a football and/or a basketball team get in a…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:47am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-YOUR PARADIGM





Paradigm- the key to successful teaching





What is it? By definition “an example serving as a model; pattern”

Every teacher has one; but most teachers don’t realize what their paradigm is.

Your paradigm determines how well you do every little teaching task that you do.

But first let me give you some examples.

Here are some examples of teacher paradigms.



“My job is to present the lesson. It’s up to the student to learn the…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:46am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-THE PUPPETS





I am a former teacher in the Memphis City school system. I have an experience I would like

to share. You decide if you can use the concepts.



I had a second job at a neighborhood community center at night.

Color Video cameras had just come on the market. I bought one to use in my teaching effort. I found some unusually

cool hand puppets on sale and I bought them. I got this great Idea.



At my community center job I used an overturned…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:45am — No Comments

Teaching Technique-What did you learn in school today?



Teaching Technique-What did you learn in school today?



There was a time Parents would ask their student offspring, “What did you learn in school today”.

Do you know what the reply was then? Do you know what the reply would be today?

You got it; the reply would be “Nothing”



TEACHERS, that’s our fault.

We are involved in the lecture method of teaching. It’s the least effective technique. That’s just one problem. But we won’t focus on…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:44am — No Comments

Teaching Technique-Coach





Teaching Technique-Coach



This will not work for everybody. But it worked for a dear friend of mine. Let us just call him Bob. Bob was the only Caucasian in an all Black school. He was also the only male.

He was 5’6” and weighed 130 pounds. He explained to me that the female teachers in the school were excellent teachers and they were demanding and hard on the students. He said they were ideal mother figures and ruled with an iron hand. He explained…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:42am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-THE REVERSE FIELD TRIP





Teaching Technique_ the Reverse Field Trip.



I was assigned to a new school. On my first day the principal said. “I have heard of you, you like to take the students on field trips, there will be no field trips at this school.” I have never met the principal before, but his comments did not affect me whatsoever.

My concern is how can I best educate my students? I knew that the lecture method is the technique that is least likely to achieve the results I…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:42am — No Comments

Teaching Technique-EXPECTATIONS





Teaching Technique-EXPECTATIONS

First a story

When I taught in the Memphis City School System, I also worked summers for the Memphis Coty Park Commission. I worked at a Community Center. The Director of the center and I became friends. Years after leaving the Park Commission job the Director (a lady) shared this information with me.



Her story is this. “I was in a very sleazy night club (if you could really call it that) one night. I was with…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:41am — No Comments

TECAHING TECHNIQUE-LEGACY





Teaching Technique - Legacy



BY DEFINITION: Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past



How do you want your students to remember you?

If you are walking in a local mall and one of your former students sees you then runs to give you a hug and a thank you, would that make you happy.

If you overheard one of your students saying “she is the best teacher I ever had”, How would that make you feel?



What…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:40am — No Comments

Teaching Technique-"Take the show on the road"





Teaching Technique-“take the show on the road”



This technique will work regardless of the subject matter you are teaching. This concept is valid for any grade level. It has worked for me at grade levels 8 through college.

My explanation to my students was this. We are going to proudly show others what we do, how we do it, how well we do it and particularly how much we enjoy doing it.

Here are some ideas where you can tale your students to do a…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:37am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE – THE VISITOR





TEACHING TECHNIQUE – THE VISITOR



All the techniques will not work for all classes. But some are really worth trying. This one really worked for me. I think it worked because it made the students realize

I REALLY CARED



Here it is. I informed my students that I was taking classes every night (and in the summer) working on my doctorate degree. I explained to them that had I spoken positively about them in each of my classes because I was really…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:36am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE- US vs. THEM



A TEACHING TECHNIQUE- US vs. THEM







It exists everywhere between many different groups, sometimes it exists on the conscious level, sometimes sub-consciously. Consider these groups, tall people vs. short people, bald people vs. people with long hair, Blondes vs. brunettes, and TEACHERS vs. STUDENTS.



Imagine this diverseness as an actual physical…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:35am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-THE TEAM



TEACHING TECHNIQUE-THE TEAM



The concept of the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy taught me, “What you say is what you get”.

Here is the TEAM technique. First, start calling the groups of students you teach classes and call them teams. That is your first period class is a team, the second period a team etc.) You may choose to call them Learning Teams. Let each team choose a motto, a hand shake, a hand sign, a team song, you get the idea.

What makes a team? A…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:34am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-CECILLE B. DEMILLE





In case you are too young to know, Cecil B. Demille was a Legendary Movie director who is known for the most exciting productions in movies. (This was before CGI, special computer effects).



This technique works best if you have a digital camera or a video camera. (You can now buy one that’s adequate for under $100.00). However, that is not a requirement.



My…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:33am — No Comments

TEACHING TECHNIQUE-ATTITUDE

A TEACHING TECHNIQUE—ATTITUDE













The first day in my class this is what I said to my students.

You are very lucky. Just by luck you have landed in the classroom of the best teacher in the school! I am so smart that intelligence is all over my body. As I walk around the classroom some of that intelligence will break off, float in the air and…
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Added by William Lambert on February 5, 2010 at 1:32am — No Comments

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