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The 150 Teaching Method

Written by Elvis Boniface

Teaching methodologies/style was supposed to be part of my course online in particular course last semester. But this was never taught to us as a result of the ASUU strike that kept us at home for six good months. Oh! Is a Nigeria malady. Eyah! Is only in my country that in a whole semester you’ll not see a lecturer but at the end of the semester, you are writing examination in a course he teaches. In the other hand, he is embarking on strike for your sake. Is only in my country, that a university’s senate will vow never to award a degree with pass yet her lecturers still maintain A-grade belongs to God, B-grade to themselves, C-grade to the most serious students and D-F-grade to others. And in the words of Gordons (Nigerian comedian), the ministry is moving.

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The lecturer of this course is a ‘kind heart’ lecturer. He knew there was a compulsory question on the above topic; he gave all of us assignment to write a term paper on four core method in teaching Social Studies to pre-schoolers.

This left me confused. Just four teaching methods? I am a ‘new’ teacher. I teach some ACCA fundamental courses, computer engineering, advance social media marketing strategy, photography, reading and writing to adults, early childhood education, ethics and etiquette, eMarketing modules and strategies. So many right? Yea, I have met so many clients with varied learning traits and individual differences. As a result I have developed plethora methodologies to meet their learning styles. I have a total of 150 documented teaching methods. I feel to share them here for the sake of other teachers, teachers in training and trainers. Find them below.

  1. Lecture by teacher (and what else can you do!)
  2. Class discussion conducted by teacher (and what else!)
  3. Recitation oral questions by teacher answered orally by students (then what!)
  4. Discussion groups conducted by selected student chairpersons (yes, and what else!)
  5. Lecture-demonstration by teacher (and then what 145 other techniques!)
  6. Lecture-demonstration by another instructor(s) from a special field (guest speaker)
  7. Presentation by a panel of instructors or students
  8. Presentations by student panels from the class: class invited to participate
  9. Student reports by individuals
  10. Student-group reports by committees from the class
  11. Debate (informal) on current issues by students from class
  12. Class discussions conducted by a student or student committee
  13. Forums
  14. Bulletin boards
  15. Small groups such as task oriented, discussion, Socratic
  16. Choral speaking
  17. Collecting
  18. Textbook assignments
  19. Reading assignments in journals, monographs, etc.
  20. Reading assignments in supplementary books
  21. Assignment to outline portions of the textbook
  22. Assignment to outline certain supplementary readings
  23. Debates (formal)
  24. Crossword puzzles
  25. Cooking foods of places studied
  26. Construction of vocabulary lists
  27. Vocabulary drills
  28. Diaries
  29. Dances of places or periods studied
  30. Construction of summaries by students
  31. Dressing dolls
  32. Required term paper
  33. Panel discussion
  34. Biographical reports given by students
  35. Reports on published research studies and experiments by students
  36. Library research on topics or problems
  37. Written book reports by students
  38. Flags
  39. Jigsaw puzzle maps
  40. Hall of Fame by topic or era (military or political leaders, heroes)
  41. Flannel boards
  42. Use of pretest
  43. Gaming and simulation
  44. Flash cards
  45. Flowcharts
  46. Interviews
  47. Maps, transparencies, globes
  48. Mobiles
  49. Audio-tutorial lessons (individualized instruction)
  50. Models
  51. Music
  52. Field trips
  53. Drama, role playing
  54. Open textbook study
  55. Committee projects–small groups
  56. Notebook
  57. Murals and montages
  58. Class projects
  59. Individual projects
  60. Quizdown gaming
  61. Modeling in various media
  62. Pen pals
  63. Photographs
  64. Laboratory experiments performed by more than two students working together
  65. Use of dramatization, skits, plays
  66. Student construction of diagrams, charts, or graphs
  67. Making of posters by students
  68. Students drawing pictures or cartoons vividly portray principles or facts
  69. Problem solving or case studies
  70. Puppets
  71. Use of chalkboard by instructor as aid in teaching
  72. Use of diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts by instructor in teaching
  73. Use of exhibits and displays by instructor
  74. Reproductions
  75. Construction of exhibits and displays by students
  76. Use of slides
  77. Use of filmstrips
  78. Use of motion pictures, educational films, videotapes
  79. Use of theater motion pictures
  80. Use of recordings
  81. Use of radio programs
  82. Use of television
  83. Role playing
  84. Sand tables
  85. School affiliations
  86. Verbal illustrations: use of anecdotes and parables to illustrate
  87. Service projects
  88. Stamps, coins, and other hobbies
  89. Use of community or local resources
  90. Story telling
  91. Surveys
  92. Tutorial: students assigned to other students for assistance, peer teaching
  93. Coaching: special assistance provided for students having difficulty in the course
  94. Oral reports
  95. Word association activity
  96. Workbooks
  97. Using case studies reported in literature to illustrate psychological principles and facts
  98. Construction of scrapbooks
  99. Applying simple statistical techniques to class data

100. Time lines

101. Group dynamics” techniques

102. Units of instruction organized by topics

103. Non directive techniques applied to the classroom

104. Supervised study during class period

105. Use of sociometric text to make sociometric analysis of class

106. Use of technology and instructional resources

107. Open textbook tests, take home tests

108. Put idea into picture

109. Write a caption for chart, picture, or cartoon

110. Reading aloud

111. Differentiated assignment and homework

112. Telling about a trip

113. Mock convention

114. Filling out forms (income tax, checks)

115. Prepare editorial for school paper

116. Attend council meeting, school board meeting

117. Exchanging “things”

118. Making announcements

119. Taking part (community elections)

120. Playing music from other countries or times

121. Studying local history

122. Compile list of older citizens as resource people

123. Students from abroad (exchange students)

124. Obtain free and low cost materials

125. Collect old magazines

126. Collect colored slides

127. Visit an “ethnic” restaurant

128. Specialize in one country

129. Follow a world leader (in the media)

130. Visit an employment agency

131. Start a campaign

132. Conduct a series

133. Investigate a life

134. Assist an immigrant

135. Volunteer (tutoring, hospital)

136. Prepare an exhibit

137. Detect propaganda

138. Join an organization

139. Collect money for a cause

140. Elect a “Hall of Fame” for males

141. Elect a “Hall of Fame” for females

142. Construct a salt map

143. Construct a drama

144. Prepare presentation for senior citizen group

145. Invite senior citizen(s) to present local history to class including displaying artifacts (clothing, tools, objects, etc.)

146. Prepare mock newspaper on specific topic or era

147. Draw a giant map on floor of classroom

148. Research local archaeological site

149. Exchange program with schools from different parts of the state

150. In brainstorming small group, students identify a list of techniques and strategies that best fit their class.

Do you have your own method(s) or there are methods you want clarifications on, kindly initiate the conversation in the comment box below.

About the author

Elvis Boniface

Ordained Evangelist of the Education Ministry. Learning is my lifestyle, credo and religion. On a mission to disrupt and redirect Africa's Education conversation using Technology and Media. We can do it. Open to discuss any Education initiative and idea. #peace

Speedy reach: +2348185787349 & elvis@edugist.org

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