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Teaching Styles. Do You know YOURS?

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM
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 This may be somewhat helpful for those of us who are not too sure what a teaching style is or what our style might be.  

 

                           What is Your Teaching Style?

 


Just as people have individual learning styles, teachers have teaching styles that works best for them. It is important to be aware of your preferences when creating and delivering instruction.


One way in which teaching styles can be categorized is as:


Formal Authority


Teachers who have a formal authority teaching style tend to focus on content. This style is generally teacher-centered, where the teacher feels responsible for providing and controlling the flow of the content and the student is expected to receive the content.


One type of statement made by an instructor with this teaching style is "I am the flashlight for my students; I illuminate the content and materials so that my students can see the importance of the material and appreciate the discipline."


Teachers with this teaching style are not as concerned with building relationships with their students nor is it as important that their students form relationships with other students. This type of teacher doesn't usually require much student participation in class. "Sage on the stage" model.


Demonstrator or Personal Model


Teachers who have a demonstrator or personal model teaching style tend to run teacher-centered classes with an emphasis on demonstration and modeling. This type of teacher acts as a role model by demonstrating skills and processes and then as a coach/guide in helping students develop and apply these skills and knowledge.


A teacher with this type of teaching style might comment: "I show my students how to properly do a task or work through a problem and then I'll help them master the task or problem solution. It's important that my students can independently solve similar problems by using and adapting demonstrated methods."


Instructors with this teaching style are interested in encouraging student participation and adapting their presentation to include various learning styles. Students are expected to take some responsibility for learning what they need to know and for asking for help when they don't understand something.


Facilitator


Teachers who have a facilitator model teaching style tend to focus on activities. This teaching style emphasizes student-centered learning and there is much more responsibility placed on the students to take the initiative for meeting the demands of various learning tasks.


This type of teaching style works best for students who are comfortable with independent learning and who can actively participate and collaborate with other students.


Teachers typically design group activities which necessitate active learning, student-to-student collaboration and problem solving. This type of teacher will often try to design learning situations and activities that require student processing and application of course content in creative and original ways.


Delegator


Teachers who have a delegator teaching style tend to place much control and responsibility for learning on individuals or groups of students.


This type of teacher will often give students a choice designing and implementing their own complex learning projects and will act in a consultative role.


Students are often asked to work independently or in groups and must be able to maintain motivation and focus for complex projects. Students working in this type of setting learn more than just course specific topics as they also must be able to effectively work in group situations and manage various interpersonal roles.


Do you know what type you are?


To get an indication of what your main teaching style is, take our teaching styles quiz.

ul for those of us who aren't too sure what a teaching style is. 

  

  

by on Aug. 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM
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AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Aug. 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM
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Somewhere between formal instructor, and demonstrator.

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craftyzenmom
by Member on Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM
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Without a doubt - Facilitator

kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM
You know, I wasn't just one or the other either.

Quoting AutymsMommy:

Somewhere between formal instructor, and demonstrator.

bekaanne0524
by Member on Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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Demonstrator.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM
Love the confidence you have in knowing yourself so well. :)

Quoting craftyzenmom:

Without a doubt - Facilitator

kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM
No doubts about which style you are?

Quoting bekaanne0524: Demonstrator.
bekaanne0524
by Member on Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM
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Maybe a little formal authority, but mostly demonstrator.

Quoting kirbymom: No doubts about which style you are?

Quoting bekaanne0524: Demonstrator.
Dawn07
by Bronze Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM
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Formal authority was my highest, but facilitator was right behind it.
No_Difference
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM
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Demonstrator followed by facilitator
kirbymom
by Sonja on Aug. 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM
I used to think I had the formal teaching style but somewhere down the road it has changed. Have you always had this teaching style?

Quoting bekaanne0524: Maybe a little formal authority, but mostly demonstrator.

Quoting kirbymom: No doubts about which style you are?

Quoting bekaanne0524: Demonstrator.
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