When you think of the power of teacher modeling most of us can think back to a time when we had been taught something but recall not knowing HOW to implement those lessons until we had the opportunity to participate and apply those lessons.
While sitting in a driver’s education class is essential, no one knows how to drive a car until they experience physically driving a car.
The process of both teaching and learning takes time and practice, and it is best applied when there is someone there helping you along the way. This person is a “model” for you to learn from and engage with.
Modeling is a great way to ensure that teachers have the proper levels of success and challenge. Efficient modeling can also drastically reduce workloads outside of the classroom. But how many teachers think about how they model in class? Probably many! However, time is limited, and often resources are too. So, what if modeling was already offered as a resource for them to learn from and apply?
In its most simple form, modeling is about seeing before doing. As a result, learning and applying knowledge are streamlined, and students can effectively mold their practice around the teacher’s examples.
Curriculum and content help teachers create best practices and teach practical lessons. The idea of modeling should be considered by companies and organizations looking to develop resources catering to teachers and their students.
Here are a few examples of teacher modeling:
Nothing is more empowering for a class than seeing their teacher teach a topic and teach it well! Live modeling allows students to see how an answer can be formulated. That correlation between the thought process and articulation of ideas on paper is often a step that teachers unintentionally miss – but it is such a powerful tool. Creating online videos for teachers to learn from and model to their students is an excellent resource to include in the online and classroom teaching curriculum.
The Power of Pre-Planning
Modeling also can “pre-address” common misconceptions, which means that you do not waste valuable teaching time and that students remain engaged and motivated.
Success and Failure
It’s a good idea to model successes and failures. Why? Because they’re both going to happen. Modeling incorrect responses is also a good way of allowing students to engage with standard errors. Finally, by highlighting what not to do, teachers can teach students what to look out for in their work.
Effective modeling makes great teachers even better. Modeling allows students to engage in their own learning experience and apply what they learn in the classroom. This gives students more opportunities to succeed while reducing the teacher’s world load. Modeling is a win for everyone!
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