Teaching is the purposeful imparting of knowledge or skills to an individual
or group. Learning can occur without a teacher, but teaching cannot occur without
a student. But does teaching necessarily imply learning? Historically, teaching
has been defined in terms of the quantity and quality of the material covered
and the method in which it was presented. Learning was the responsibility of
the student. Recently, however, more responsibility for student learning has
been placed on the teacher.
The concept of teaching can be broadened to include verbal instruction, computers,
textbooks, and other educational materials such as video. However, the teacher
is the person responsible for the instruction - whether a parent, friend, or
classroom teacher. A teacher may use various items to aid in instruction, but
it is the teacher who makes the decisions regarding the content and techniques
used in their instruction.
Learn the basics behind teaching, subject matter, and classroom structure.
Classroom Instruction Methods
Streaming, grouping, team teaching, and general-purpose classrooms are only a few common methods of classroom instruction.
Explore the teacher's role in student learning and lesson planning.
Teaching extends far beyond the subject matter being taught to include intellectual ability, cognition, and psychomotor learning.
Teaching requires the use of many different styles and strategies.
One of the most important roles of a teacher is to motivate the students to learn and succeed.
History of Teaching
From ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages in Europe, trace the development of teaching and education.
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