Formative Quiz Techniques: This is a technique that rates very high in teaching students how to
Learn. It’s a technique that I’m excited about bring into my classrooms to help students in their learning. Asking questions is a technique that I use during my own learning and feel comfortable using it with my students. As students ask and answer questions, they naturally start conversations on the topic as they share with the group validating their own understanding or creating opportunities to clarify concepts that are not fully understood.
It’s important as the instructor to figure out what method of quiz is the most effective for you and your class, online question and answers, Clickers, or simple pen and paper. It is important to make sure you have the time for this so that students are not rushed and the quiz and answers discussion time is done in a healthy, positive atmosphere. Showing students how you write questions on test and giving them immediate feedback really helps them prepare for a test and can relieve any sort of anxiety they may be having.
I feel it is well worth the time in planning out classroom quiz sections to help optimize student learning.
Demonstration: This is a strategy where the instructor shows students exactly what to do. This is something that I have been doing for years, never looking at it as a strategy but just as something I have been doing. In the video, the five important parts of a demonstration are presented. Step 2) Cue and step 5) Intersperse demo with practice, are steps that I need to pay more attention to in the demonstrations I do.
Good demonstration techniques are very valuable in the culinary arts in that if students are not included, focused or not paying attention, it becomes a waste of time. The instructions should be clear, including the modeling of the techniques, so that, while the students are observing, they are clear about the new skill and the new knowledge can be translated to practice with little confusion.
Because students come from diverse backgrounds and have different learning styles, it is important to ensure demonstrations reflect a diverse way of doing things so that all the students benefit from the experience.
Inclusion: Whether I am teaching a professional culinary course at a college or a community class, the one thing that I can be certain of is that the class(es) will be filled with a diverse student body with many different levels of skills, ages, backgrounds, language and communication skills.
As the instructor, it is my responsibility to ensure that everyone in the class feels included throughout the course or program. Feeling like you belong or fit in can play an important role in a student’s engagement and their overall learning.
In the video on Inclusion, a strategy in adult education the presenter did a great job of highlighting what Inclusion is, the limitation, our roles and gave a great example in the classroom. In a nutshell it is my responsibility to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone to succeed during any class that I teach. I can accomplish this by being clear about the rules and guidelines set up by the institution on the first day of class, as well as being clear about what are my class expectations. It is also important that students know know who to talk to if they are having problems and that they know that my door is always open.
It is important that I let students know that I value them being in class and that this is an experience we are working on together. Time is always a factor in every ones lives and the time put into developing a culture of inclusion benefits everyone. It builds confidence and self esteem. Ultimately creating opportunities for your students by enhancing classroom activities, adding flexibility and developing community.