While core teaching strategies vary from one teacher to another, veteran teacher Kellie Hayden suggests some strategies include being inviting and positive, having a classroom management style, varying types of instruction and giving a variety of assessments. Hayden also suggests using reflective teaching, collaborating with peers and continuing personal development.
A teacher needs to manage the classroom in such a way that students are consistently learning with little disruption or frustration. Managing student behavior is challenging but essential, so teachers need to create a fair strategy to approach each situation. Varying instruction is necessary to keep students engaged and does lessen the opportunity for a student to act out. Teachers who use more than one delivery method make more of an impact on students. Some strategies to try are direct instruction, jigsaw strategy, differentiation strategy or the Socratic seminar strategy.
Assessment strategies must vary to cover both formative and summative assessment from testing to writing projects to rubrics. This breaks up the monotony of exams and standardized testing. A good teacher needs to reflect on her approach everyday and take notes about what works and what does not. Often, peers can provide insight to different methods or techniques. Collaborating with other teachers or administrators is a great tool for helping students to thrive in the classroom.
Teachers have many options for continuing education opportunities, with workshops, seminars and multiple graduate degrees being a few of those options. All teachers can use these opportunities to grow and hone strategies in the classroom.