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Teaching Tip

From the Teacher’s Aide Newsletter

1995 Summer

Fun and Games, part 1

  • Ask each student to create a 10-question quiz on recent material covered in class. The teacher chooses 10 questions from the combined test question bank and presents the quiz, which all students are well-prepared to succeed.
  • Another game to stimulate classroom participation, and a little spice to the learning process, involves setting up teams to compete against one another, all with the basic goal of reinforcing the day's lesson plan.

    Students on each team prepare questions from information learned that day and challenge the other team to correctly answer the question. After a number rounds the team with the most correct answers wins. Be sure to tell both teams that everyone wins because it was really about learning the material.

  • Continually encourage students to strive toward ongoing learning even after they graduate. Emphasize that learning is a lifelong process, that it always benefits them to further their training and knowledge while keeping them fresh and enthused about their work.
  • At the start of a new semester play a fun and quick game that introduces students to each other in a positive way. The teacher initiates the game by saying his name and favorite hobby. The next person repeats the teacher's name and hobby, and then shares her name and hobby. Go around the room until all have been introduced.
  • Whenever teaching students a new procedure, show them how to do it and immediately let them practice on each other. Students of massage and other healing arts therapies are probably more kinesthetically oriented, and enjoy learning new tasks when experiencing them.
  • Handouts can serve as helpful learning tools for test reviews as well as reinforce special points made in class.