PLANNING AND ENABLING LEARNING.
Initial assessment usually takes place before a student starts a course. Gravells (2007, p.75) states that the purpose of this is to “ensure they are on the right path”. Depending on the course or subject, students may need to have prior knowledge or experience. Students may also need a certain level of numeracy and or literacy. An initial assessment ensures that students have the ability to complete the course; it also provides the tutor with information which will enable them to plan future learning.
Minton (2005, p.50) describes the initial assessment as “the critical starting point of a process of building up a spirit of trust between students ...view middle of the document...
Choosing a variety of delivery methods will facilitate learning for all your students, irrespective of their different learning styles. Minton (2005) describes the methodology from which teachers may choose ranges from total control by the teacher to total control by the student of their learning (Appendix 2).
Reece and Walker (2000, p.195) define resources as “a support to teaching strategies which assists learning.” By using different resources, it should ensure that all students learning styles are covered. Resources may include handouts, worksheets, an activity, a specialist speaker, DVD’s, the internet and power point displays. Gravells (2007) states that when you are planning what resources to use, you should consider the five W’s and one H, who, what when, where, why and how. Resources will also depend on your organisation and budget and what is available to you. Minton (2005) states that concentration falls after fifteen minutes, and therefore resources should change often to keep the learning steady.
Minton (2005) advises that any materials used should be as brief as possible; you can elaborate on the idea in the classroom. A visual aid is meant to focus attention, not to present all the information. The author has in the past used power point slides containing too much information, which was highlighted during feedback on a previous micro teach. Having also since read somewhere that a slide should contain a maximum of ten words, this is another area the author has addressed when using power point as a resource.
Using different delivery methods and resources when delivering your teaching, makes it more interesting for your students to learn. Minton (2005) explains that new teachers frequently lack the courage to take risks, they adopt a pattern of defensive behaviour, and this may become embedded. They find it difficult to challenge what seem to be established patterns in the classroom. The author has personally experienced this, which was highlighted during the feedback to their teaching session on this assignment. Having taken over from another trainer, whose teaching material was reliant on power point presentation, the author needs to have the confidence to rely less on power point and more on her own ability to deliver the required information.
“The appropriateness of chosen methods of teaching and learning is vital in attaining agreed goals. “ Minton (2005, p.151)
Functional skills are practical skills in English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and mathematics that equip learners with the necessary knowledge and understanding to use these in everyday life. They should enable learners to get the most out of work and education.
Functional skills were found to be already present in some of the training delivered at the author’s workplace, Essential Nursing, and since commencing this course; the author had deliberately added more of these elements to existing courses and ensures any new training...