Thursday, September 9, 2010

4. Why is the process that teachers choose to use to teach content important?

The process that teachers choose to use to teach content is important because it affects how students learn and can contribute to accomplishing goals. Every student that you will be teaching will be different so it is important to begin the teaching process at the most basic level. Basic skills have to be learned before moving on to more advanced skills. For example, you need to learn how to throw a ball before learning to throw a curveball. Another aspect that is important when teaching is incorporating different objectives into a single lesson. For example, instead of just telling the students how to throw a ball have them do it themselves. This helps develop their motor skills (throwing a ball). You can also ask them where the ball goes in relation to where they release the ball (cognitive domain). Finally, if they practice throwing with a partner they will hit the affective domain as well. For a student to learn the required information it isn't necessarily what is being taught but how it is being taught that contributes to how well they learn it.

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