Systematic Training for Effective Teaching

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The purpose of systematic training for effective teaching is to perfect an educator’s approach to teaching. By maximizing this approach, the career of the educator can receive added value, and the reputation and quality of the school may increase. Therefore, a systematic training approach to teaching can put a school several steps ahead of the competition.

1 Description

Evaluating teaching strategies and mythologies before, during, and after training is the essence of the systematic approach. It involves four stages: analyzing an institution in order to define needs and establish goals, designing a program that helps educators fulfill those goals, developing and gathering the necessary materials and resources for training, and implementing these ideas and materials. Each stage builds upon the other.

2 Training

Implementing systematic training for effective teaching involves many activities, including distributing and explaining materials to educators, administering teacher training, obtaining feedback from support groups, preparing and giving tests, and conducting multiple evaluations. These activities are designed to get the most out of educators as well as the school.

3 Application

Educators involved in systematic training are observed by peers and given corrective feedback. To monitor the effectiveness of the program, teachers and other participants meet often to discover additional ideas and needs for ongoing success. Teachers who experience difficulties in a particular area of the program must request assistance in terms of peer coaching. Participants will observe a particular weakness and recommend needed adjustments. The goal is to help teachers eliminate the weaknesses in their teaching approaches.

4 Process

Systematic training for effective teaching must be an ongoing process. Whether changes come in the form of new teachers or new educational breakthroughs and ideas, the systematic training approach can help perfect skills and strategies needed to provide students with the best education possible. Therefore, peer coaching and observation groups must become a permanent part of an education program.

5 Education/Cost

Several resources are available for obtaining a systematic training program, including the American Society for Training and Development, Training Magazine and the New Corporate University Review. The ASTD offers such courses as analyzing human performance, facilitating excellence, essential coaching to facilitate learning, creating leadership development, designing learning and creating organizational design. Certifications are provided upon completion. In 2010, the cost ranged from $395 to $695 a course.

Steve Glenn is a member of the Loft Writing Center in Minneapolis and has been writing professionally for over six years. He has written various newsletters and has published articles in the "Milwaukee Community Journal." Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and education from Metro State University in St. Paul.