Fundamental Skills of Effective Teaching


 

I have been thinking a lot lately about the fundamentals of education. There is so much written about new innovations or new ideas on the web these days and it’s easy to get overwhelmed as a teacher. It’s also hard to know how to capture the good stuff you see out there, and actually use it to make your the learning environment a more effective and exciting place to be.

A strategy that I am being drawn to more and more is mindmapping excellent pedagogical content I see on the web to retain and process the information. I can then come back to it a later stage and customise it for my context and hopefully add even more useful information to this new resource that informs my ever growing skills as a teacher.

I have a small example below taken from one of my favourite Youtube Talks done by Robert Duke. In it he mentions what he thinks are the fundamental skills of effective teaching. This is something all teachers would benefit from bearing in mind whenever they plan for learning engagements. However it’s easy for this view point to get lost, amongst the business that is the normal school day. However by creating a mindmap you create an efficient visual template, you can use as a base, the next time you do planning for an original learning engagement. Below is the simple example I created from the talk I mentioned above.

The tool that I use most of the time is called MindMup.

 

 

Link to Full Mindmap

 

 

 

How to give Presentations that connect with your Audience

My Take:

A while ago, I saw a fantastic Ted Talk on how to give engaging presentations and I decided to make this mindmap to preserve the information in an easy to access format. It’s a great mindmap to glance over before giving a presentation, as it reminds you of a lot of the fundamental stuff you should be bearing in mind, if you want to reach your audience.

 

 

Full Page MindMap Link

Ted Talk Link

 

MindMapping Basics

 

Image Credit: Capterra

Learning how to Mindmap is a Fantastic way to reflect on and remember things you have learned about. This post is going to be all about getting better at doing just that.

Task : 

  • Find a Ted Talk  that you find useful and inspiring and make a Mindmap of that talk to retain the knowledge it contains.
  • Use the app Mindmup, which you can add to your Chrome Browser by clicking here and following the instructions that follow.

 

My Simple MindMap of the above Ted Talk