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Internet and technological advances have help teachers improve teaching methods by going beyond the traditional options. Well, if you are going to assess new teaching options, you might as well think big and be innovative in your approach.
Using group discussions to create a participative atmosphere in the classroom is a very good option. However, why stop there? Why don’t you organize a class visit to a museum or a place of cultural importance? You can encourage the kids to form groups and go through each and every attraction in detail. You can spend an entire day at the museum and then come back to have discussion on all the things that students observe.
You can slyly slip in the important information related to your curriculum in the discussion and ensure that children arrive at these points on their own instead of being spoon fed by you. You can make use of technology to record the group discussions so that students can review it and assimilate the finer and important points whenever they want.
You can also ask students to prepare presentations that will be exchanged with other classes for may even be put up on the college or school intranet site. Not only will this help the children learn more, it will create a sense of pride and enthusiasm that otherwise may not be present in your classroom.
This is just one of the many options that you can explore to improve your teaching methods. Not all methods should provide the same results. However, experimenting will help you strike the right balance between traditional methods and new solutions without any difficulty.