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Best Classroom Practices Making classes interesting and interactive
Sharing best practices in TUT How I make my classes interesting and interactive
Introduction Classroom as an environment My teaching philosophy Good character Good preparation Road map
Introduction Vuyisile Memani (Department Of Computer Systems Engineering, Soshanguve South Campus)
Classroom as an environment Classroom is an environment, not just any environment, but a delicate one and like clay in the potter’s hands. As a lecturer, I have the power to determine its form. Delicate in the sense that dreams can be nourished and at the same time they can be destroyed in the classroom.
Classroom as an environment I can choose to create a nourishing and conducive environment for teaching and learning whereby students are made to believe in themselves, or alternatively I can choose to create a destructive and hostile environment where students are never appreciated and are ever made to believe that they are not good enough
My teaching philosophy My teaching philosophy is: “You cannot impact upon what you cannot attract and attraction without knowledge is baseless” Two important handles I extracted from the philosophy which serve as ingredient to interesting and interactive classes: Good character and good preparation
Good character “Good character attracts, bad character repels” As a lecturer I am a repository of knowledge, students must feed-off me. Consequently I need to attract students to myself and not repel them.
Good character So any traits in me that have the potential of repelling students away from me, rendering me unproductive and ineffective in my call of duty, I need to uproot. For I cannot expect to attract students to myself, work well with them or even impact positively upon their lives while I remain rude, mean, foul- mouthed and disrespectful towards them.
The do’s Be friendly, fair and firm with students. Treat students with respect. The respect that I give is the respect that I get in return. Make students believe in themselves. Inculcate a culture of taking responsibility. Crystallize concepts
The don'ts NEVER: Use foul language. I mind my language. Plant a seed of inferiority in the lives of students. Discriminate against students on the basis any basis, be it race, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Never discriminate, they are all your students!
Good preparation Prepare, Prepare & Prepare! “Failure to prepare for success is good preparation for failure” I am a firm believer in thorough preparations. I prepare thoroughly for my classes, because I take each class as my last one. For each class I set out clear and unambiguous objectives which I make known to my students.
Good preparation After a class I want my students to remember the following: What was taught? Why it was taught? Where can it be applied? How can it be applied?
Good preparation I am also a firm believer of self empowerment. I cannot continue to be a repository of knowledge without furthering my own knowledge!!!
Thank You THANK YOU NDIYABULELA KEA LEBOGA BAIE DANKIE...