Teaching is a type of interpersonal influence intended to change the behavior or thought process of another person. It can happen in many different settings and in many different ways. You can teach math by doing problems, or you can teach kindness simply by being kind.
Teaching is not just about communicating facts or rules, but is a process of having an individual think and understand. We strive to empower instructors by helping them develop a deep understanding of how students learn, so that they can effectively apply and adapt teaching strategies to meet their learner’s needs. The purpose this section is to present current research and theory on learning in a way that can inform and guide effective teaching practices.
There are a set of principles that can make teaching both more effective and more efficient. These principles include:
- Encouraging interaction, discussion, and collaboration
- Respecting that learners have different Learning Styles
- Creating the conditions and climate that support learning
- Building a environment that supports risk-taking
- Making sure the learner understand “Why”
- Practicing active learning techniques to allow learners to experience what they are learning
- Providing positive and non-judgmental feedback
- Allowing a diverse range of ways of experiencing success
- Encouraging all learners to achieve his or her fullest potential