Here are a few articles and videos about Smart Teaching that can be used in the Foundations tutorial in the future.
Janelle Cox outlines five helpful teaching tactics to help students learn more efficiently. These tactics engage students' physical senses, social skills, and critical thinking skills to create a more effective learning environment.These tactics benefit the students as well as the teachers and their efforts.
This video explains the difference between a traditional teaching approach and a constructivist teaching approach. It outlines how the approaches differ and why constructivism is a more effective teaching method. In short, students are more engaged in a constructivist environment by drawing conclusions and problem-solving using prior knowledge. This way the student is actively engaging other pieces of information simultaneously, solifying their understanding in these areas of knowledge.
Marcus Guido addresses a common classroom problem- different students have different learning needs. He explains how students differ in how they process information and understand concepts. He offers 20 strategies that can be used by teachers to address different students' needs, such as targeting different senses within lessons and using the Think-Pair-Share social activity.
"Working collaboratively with others helps students learn to give and receive feedback, as well as learn how to evaluate their own learning."
— Janelle Cox, 5 Effective Teaching Strategies to Use Every Day
"A lesson should resonate with more students if it targets visual, tactile, auditory and kinesthetic senses, instead of only one... Not only will these tactics help more students grasp the core concepts of lessons, but make class more engaging."
—Marcus Guido, 20 Differentiated Instruction Strategies and Examples