Model Teaching: A Simplified Approach to Lesson Presentation
Prepared to teach but not sure how to present the material?
Relax. Here’s 4 steps you can follow and be successful.
You’ve gathered the needed materials. You’ve prepared your lesson. But now you must TEACH the lesson.
You know what you want your children/students to learn, but how do you present it?
Yes, there are many ways to present lesson material, but following these simple steps will help you become confident until you feel comfortable varying your teaching strategy. This simplified approach will also enhance the learning of your students.
Don’t let first year jitters keep you from moving forward with your plans. Just follow these 4 steps and you will be successful.
4 Steps to Successfully Present Any Lesson
Step 1: Ask the students what they already know about the subject material to be presented. Allow them to share their knowledge for a limited time.
For example: Today we’re going to learn about the ocean. (Name), what interests you most about the ocean?
Step 2: Present the lesson. Be sure to define any new vocabulary and include discussion of terms within the material.
Give an overview of the material. You may or may not have your child open their textbooks or reading material. However, by keeping textbooks closed at this point you can gain your child’s interest by giving an interesting introduction.
Then go over important vocabulary words to look for as they read or review material. These may be listed in the reading material, given in a handout, or placed on a visual.
Step 3: Carefully guide students to discover the main idea, plot, principle, or conclusion.
Gently lead your child to find the main idea of the story, the important lesson to learn from history, or why a discovery in the scientific world is important to us today.
Step 4: Finally, students should be able to clearly explain the main idea, plot, principle, or conclusion in their own words and be able to defend their position and/or reasoning. They should be able to paraphrase the material presented, retell the story, or restate the main facts.
Continue to follow these 4 steps, and you will build confidence in yourself as a teacher. An extra benefit is that your children’s retention is greatly enhanced.
I hope this simplified approach to lesson presentation has been helpful.
Have a successful year teaching.
©2017 by Peggy Clark