Teachers nowadays use technology in teaching. The more technologies in every activity, the more convenient it is for students to learn. Informative texts can now be downloaded on cellphones and personal computers. But to those schools who are still in the remote areas, where high technologies are impossible, how can you make the learning of your students enjoyable and meaningful? The answer is to maximize the use of printed books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, booklets, and other non-electronic materials in teaching.
In activities where “Collage” is needed, you can ask your students to cut out pictures from the magazines and newpapers. For the art classes which require students to make “Paper Mache”, news papers are also useful. For the classes which require to identify the parts of the newspapers, let the students cut every parts and paste it in a bond paper. You can ask them to compile the parts of the newspaper to be used to the next group of learners.
There are many ways to maximize the use of printed materials. As a teacher especially in the remote areas, all you need to do is to be more creative.
When I presented my demo in a professional education class, I thought of a strategy to diversify my learners since my topic was all about students diversity in motivation so I got an idea to name this game as “Knowing you further”.
This strategy is not new to most of the teachers and of course to future educators. However, I named the activity this way to make it unique.
Knowing you further:
- The teacher will let the class form in a big circle.
- When the teacher asks any questions related to learner’s background (who among the class has curly hair, who loves to watch television every time, parents who are working abroad, etc.), the learner/s will step inside the circle and share the advantages of belonging to that group.
This is one way to know the learner’s preferences. If the learners cooperate to the activity inside the classroom, it means that they are ready to learn with you. When they learn to love the activity, the teaching and learning process is indeed successful and effective.