All children learn differently so wouldn’t it be great if teachers could implement and utilize a wider variety of teaching strategies?
I’ve been browsing through the site Mentoring Minds which is absolutely fascinating, well at least to me it’s fascinating. No I’m not a teacher, however I was a Manager at a university where I interacted with the prospective students, incoming students and for a long time international students. As well I have done my master’s degree, I’m a mom who has seen her child thrive with teachers who do utilize a variety of effective teaching strategies and struggles with teacher’s who don’t utilize more teaching strategies.
I really love the tag line of this website “Critical Thinking for Life” yes that’s wonderful and it should apply to students and teachers. In fact in my opinion teachers should be life long learners, they’re teaching our children and as new methodologies come into play teachers should be learning about them. As students all learn different and have their own strengths then it should be important to be able to implement a variety of effective teaching strategies. Easier said than done I know and I’m not putting it all on the teachers, they need to be supported as well and given the opportunities for professional development and more.
Learning strategies are almost a passion of mine as I discovered what mine were during my graduate studies and even wrote a paper on the different ways people learn and how our learning needs can vary. That is partly why I’m so fascinated when I come across sites like Mentoring Minds and the information and services they provide. While a variety of teaching strategies is useful there also has to be standards and consistency in place. This is one of the services that Mentoring Minds also provides as part of the teaching strategies and that is helping teachers to also understand the core curriculum. It of course varies from state to state so they help teachers learn CCSS, or Common Core State Standards which provides a list for students, parents and teachers so that they all understand what is expected from each student with each subject.
Whether or you’re a teacher or a life long learner there’s a lot of useful information on Mentoring Minds website. If you have a chance stop on by and browse around.
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