Exploiting the Art, Science and Creative Side of Effective Teaching - Group Activity Discussion

Exploiting the Art, Science and Creative Side of Effective Teaching - Group Activity Discussion

Activities that are creative as well as effective are becoming a necessity within the education world. As a group, we are planning an activity that not only exploits the “art” and the “science”, but also the creative side of effective teaching. Because our entire existence now is base on technology, it is evident that it is the most modern venue for teaching. But how do you teach something as rudimentary as reading, or as complex as advanced arithmetic using modern technology to make it fun and challenging to all involved? It is in our highest hopes that our activity will answer all of these questions.

In our activity, our overall focus is to learn reading and brainstorming skills to write effective essays. Prior to activity itself, the teacher needs to set-up the media needed to create a Skype session. They also need to have been frequently in touch with the author. From this communication, the teacher should express the objective for students to the author that way the author could prepared to convey information that is need to make the activity a success. In addition the teacher and author should schedule an exact time to hold the Skype session. Because all students retain information differently, the teacher also needs be proactive and make plans for the students who may need assistance or altered instructions. All of these steps fall in the “science” or the method in which the teacher chooses to present and organize the material to make it easier for the students to learn.

The activity’s steps are as follows. Before anything begins, have the students write down on a piece of paper as many questions as they can think of to ask the author. Be sure to give students examples and thoroughly explain the purpose of the activity. Inform them that the objective is for them to gain valuable information about brainstorming and writing skills. Have them work on this until it is time to Skype the author. If time allows have them talk with a partner to help them come up with diverse and insightful questions; decisions like these fall within the “art” of teaching. When it is time to Skype turn on the webcam, place the screen in front of the room. Have the students raise their hands for the author to call on them. The teacher now becomes sort of a mediator, in the sense that their main job is to make sure all questions are purposeful and appropriate. It is also a good idea to have a few questions of their own to ask the author. Just in case the students do not think of them. Once the Skype session is done, wrap up the activity by asking the students “What is something new and useful that they learned from the author?” Then, move right on in to having them start the brainstorming process.

In this activity, we believe that we have combined teaching as an art and a science. Teaching as an art requires an element of imagination, thinking on your feet, and creating positive learning climates. Teaching as a science utilizes systematic methods of assessment and research. (Associated Content 2005) We believe we have accomplished both, and the overall result will increase the learning, because it will lend itself to more creative and effective lesson plans, as well as providing us with more precise assessments.

References
Associated Content from Yahoo. (2005). The art and science of teaching. Retrieved from: www.associatedcontent.com