Teaching strategies used in a classroom by teachers change over time. It can be defined as the way students learn. For instance, using the Internet within assignments was impossible decades ago. As technology and information evolves, the teaching strategies implemented do as well. Depending on the students, some methods work more effectively. It is the teacher's job to discover the key and use classroom teaching strategies to engage the students effectively. Teachers, instructors and professors all share the same duty; they must disseminate knowledge to their classes using the best strategy possible.

Determine the grade level and age of the students in the classroom to gain insight on the strategy to implement. For small children, active and cooperative learning are common teaching strategies used in the classroom to encourage participation. For instance, active learning takes place when a child learns the alphabet by the teacher singing it during a lesson. An example of cooperative learning is when small groups build a block building together.

Utilize teaching strategies appropriate for adults when applicable. For example, case method and discussion are more prevalent. It requires background knowledge on the subject to properly engage each student. Case in point, you have a lecture about philosophy and students must review books that disproves a theory. Typically, a discussion follows the debate, which presents the pros and cons. Integrating technology can be introduced at any level as a teaching strategy.

Design a lesson plan that engages the students in more than one way. Teaching strategies in the classroom must be interesting, follow a sequential order and have a measurable learning outcome. Testing can be a teaching lesson plan strategy because there are different methods to complete it. For instance, essay exams require carefully organized thoughts, while multiple choice types highlight reasoning skills to select the best choice. Also, Internet-based testing and assignments could be part of the teaching strategy to ensure students understand how to use specific software.

Establish the teaching tone (i.e., technique) as a strategy to cultivate the learning environment. It can be based on the subject, or the personality of the teaching instructor. Some teachers prefer fun, while others enjoy strict lectures. Each has their benefits--fun teachers ignite creativity, but strict instructors may produce disciplined learners.


Taking professional development classes may help discover new teaching strategies. They can be taken online from places, like Scholastic.

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Jamie M. Kisner currently works as a South Florida entrepreneur of JMK Notary & Services and a Miami-Dade College instructor. During her spare time, she writes online content for a variety of sites, including eHow, Digital Journal, Bukisa and Homeless Voice. She holds a master's degree in business administration from Florida's Nova Southeastern University.