Teaching Strategies For Me 01

How best to teach this student

Teaching Strategies for Angela

  • Create diverse assignments, variety, choice, change and personalised support.
  • Try to anticipate problem areas and point out clearly how to avoid them. Be very specific, especially with practical details.
  • Opportunities to use any of the performing arts will be welcome. Role play and dramatizations work well.
  • Peer tutoring satisfies Angela's need to connect with others and consolidates the learning in her own mind.
  • Working in groups is usually energising. Incompatibility of styles may cause frustration and stress if there is conflict.
  • Be prepared for many deviations from the topic or the task. With firm, fair and friendly guidance Angela can get back on track.
  • Avoid drill, repetition and rote learning. Studying the basics may be necessary but can seem dull when Angela considers other options.
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Original work by: Sue Blair Mary Anne Sutherland © Step Research Corporation

Tips for Teaching Me 02

How best to teach this student

Teaching Angela Tips

Teaching Enthusiastic Students:

  • Provide verbal as well as written feedback
  • Expect a 'do first, think later' approach
  • Let students talk to gain clarity and learn
  • Expect a concentration level that is age appropriate
  • Create a balance of oral, written and active learning

Teaching Imaginative Students:

  • Set boundaries but allow for some deviation
  • Advocate proof reading to minimise inaccuracies
  • Find multiple ways to teach the same thing
  • Encourage expression in a variety of forms
  • Provide non-sequential learning options

Teaching Warm Students:

  • Create a positive personal connection
  • Provide motivational feedback frequently
  • Acknowledge contributions with sincerity
  • Allow learning with friendship groups
  • Expect requests for validation of work

Teaching Spontaneous Students:

  • Create opportunities for personalised exploration
  • Praise an ability to produce results under pressure
  • Have multiple small deadlines
  • Expect learning to progress in bursts and lulls
  • Avoid too much repetition
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Original work by: Sue Blair Mary Anne Sutherland © Step Research Corporation

Teacher Personal Connection I Prefer 03

How best to teach this student

Personal Connection With Teachers

  • It is imperative Angela feel valued and liked. Build a relationship with her before asking her to adjust her work or behaviour.
  • Point out flaws in a 'good news sandwich'. Praise first, then correct, then praise again.
  • Angela may challenge authority without malice. She just sees many other options and is compelled to follow her train of thought.
  • Expect Angela will need help with self-regulation, particularly staying on task, completing assignments and being on time.
  • She is deeply affected by criticism, sarcasm and negativity.
  • Angela picks up on nuance of tone, facial expression and body language. She may infer negative implications incorrectly.
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Original work by: Sue Blair Mary Anne Sutherland © Step Research Corporation

Key Issues For Teaching Me 04

How best to teach this student

Teaching Angela Key Issues:

Enthusiastic Student Key Issues:
Noise control and distractibility

  • Channel extraverts energy by giving active roles
  • Provide a means to write down questions or responses to avoid interrupting
  • Set clear boundaries and expectations on where and when discussion happens
  • Build in external stimulation and interactions

Imaginative Student Key Issues:
Imagination and possibilities

  • Whenever possible offer choice
  • Learners may miss details in pursuit of novelty
  • Boredom is an issue when repetition is demanded
  • Try to be patient with consistent alternative thinking
  • Engage imaginative minds with problems to solve

Warm Student Key Issues:
Connection and self-worth

  • When a learner is overwhelmed try to build confidence by offering support
  • Learners will work well when they feel appreciated
  • Ask questions that show personal interest
  • Create a sense of belonging to the learning group
  • Acknowledge their loyalty

Spontaneous Student Key Issues:
Adaptability and freedom

  • Offer choice within reasonable boundaries
  • Value the 'work is play' ethic
  • Offer variety in activities and movement
  • May frequently lose track of time
  • Be attentive to learners boredom threshold and provide alternative activities
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Original work by: Sue Blair Mary Anne Sutherland © Step Research Corporation

Cautions For Teaching Me 05

How best to teach this student

Teaching Angela Cautions

Enthusiastic Student Cautions:

  • Too much quiet time is demotivating and exhausting
  • Ideas may appear muddled as learners talk to clarify
  • Require regular change of activity to avoid boredom
  • Adept verbal skills may indicate more confidence and competence than exists
  • Enthusiasm and energy can be misinterpreted and criticised, leading to tuning out or acting out

Imaginative Student Cautions:

  • Learners can be upset when work produced fails to meet their vision or dream
  • They may display unexpected ability with complex issues and difficulty with learning the basics
  • Once a concept is understood they often move on, despite the fact the work may not be finished

Warm Student Cautions:

  • Praise often; saying nothing is seen as criticism
  • Personal circumstances, either good or bad, strongly influence learning
  • Show understanding and concern when learners are upset
  • Efforts to please will diminish if learners feel the teacher is inauthentic, misleading or bad tempered

Spontaneous Student Cautions:

  • The drive to experience trumps the need to complete
  • The best work is done when pressure-prompted
  • Teach timing rather than lecture on responsibility
  • Aim to provide a flexible educational experience
  • Many things may get left or lost; try not to sweat the small stuff
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Original work by: Sue Blair Mary Anne Sutherland © Step Research Corporation