Teaching Strategies for Teacher’s Aides

Teaching Strategies for Teacher’s Aides

Teaching strategies are important to have in your arsenal if you are serious in your career as a teacher’s aide.

Not only does it enable you to do your job more efficiently, but it also improves children’s learning experience in the classroom.

Teaching strategies also gives you room to prepare — as teaching isn’t something to be taken lightly.

Knowing what to do and how to do it beforehand is extremely beneficial for you as a teacher’s aide, and for the children who will be at the receiving end of whatever you have prepared.

There are a few teaching strategies that you may use to improve the quality of learning you provide to children.

Read on to learn more and be the best teacher’s aide you can be!

 

Peer Modelling

little boy and girl participating in peer modelling teaching strategies

One of the best teaching strategies you can employ in the classroom is peer modelling.

Student A shows student B how to do something, or how to act — with the expectation of student B replicating the desired outcome.

Peer modelling is a little-known strategy commonly used by special needs teachers and teacher’s aides. The most common approach for this type of teaching strategy is having a student without a disability model a certain behaviour in front of a student with a disability.

This is done for educational purposes such as working out a mathematical problem, reading a challenging passage from a book, or writing a long phrase in front of everyone.

These demonstrations often include repeated explanations and heaps of opportunities for students to ask questions — all to ensure that everything is clear and no one gets left behind in class.

Peer modelling also takes advantage of social pressure and influence to teach social skills such as managing frustration, how to behave in class, etc.

For this to be possible, Student A is usually briefed on the goals of the activity and placed as the model in which student B tries to emulate.

 

Think-Pair-Share

two students doing think pair share teaching strategies

Think-pair-share is a structured learning strategy that includes the elements of instructions coming from teachers and teacher’s aides, individual/student work (think) + pair work (pair) and the class as a whole (share).

This type of teaching strategy works by having the teacher or teacher’s aide introduce a topic, concept, idea, or task.

The teacher or teacher’s aide will then provide a set amount of time for students to individually brainstorm and come up with their own answer or solution.

Students may write down their responses and then pair up to share and compare their responses with their peers.

This helps students further develop their understanding of the problem or idea presented to them, as they are introduced to a different answer or a different take on the problem.

Of course, some students may end up with the same answers — which works as well.

Encourage the students to discuss their answers, as it will further improve the learning experience.

 

Peer Tutoring

peer tutoring being executed by two students

Teaching strategies can also come in the form of peer tutoring — where student A helps student B to achieve an educational goal.

One of the most notable benefits of peer tutoring is that students are more likely to listen to their peers.

This is not to say that they don’t listen to their teachers, but it is easier for them to listen and explain things to their peers.

Students may explain some things in a certain way that makes more sense to a fellow student of the same age.

But of course, as with all teaching strategies, preparation is key.

The tutor needs to be thoroughly briefed on what to teach, how to teach it, and how to know if the strategy was effective.

 

Peer Questioning

student with question mark cloud above keen to ask quesions

This teaching strategy involves one student being instructed to ask another student a series of questions.

The purpose is for both students to improve their understanding in relation to a topic or issue.

The most common way to execute this is to have student A ask student B several questions set by a teacher or a teacher’s aide, and then eventually swap roles.

Doing this type of learning strategy helps in advancing the understanding of each student involved in whichever topic they are introduced to or assigned to.

Which if you look at the bigger picture, actually helps them develop their critical thinking skills and not just their understanding of specific topics assigned to them.


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