Tips for Inspirational Teaching

Date: 13/07/2016     Category: School and Nursery Classrooms     Tags: Flipped Classroom, Outdoor Classroom

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Inspirational teaching leads to inspired children creating innovative pieces of work, reaching targets and achieving their potential.

These are just a few inspirational teaching top tips to consider:

  1. Make the lesson interactive and multi-sensory. Encourage children to work together in groups, role play, experiment as much as possible. This creates excitement, generates questions and promotes teamwork.
  2. Bring learning to life. Particularly for more mundane topics, think about how you could bring them to life by using visuals, DVDs, music, puppets etc. Any way you can encourage pupils to be creative in how they broach a subject will make it much more fun, relevant and memorable.
  3. Reward positive behaviour and good work. Use stickers, badges, music, outdoor time, surprise ‘treats’ to incentivise good behaviour and hard work. Children will be much more willing to try their best if they know it will be recognised and rewarded.
  4. Break lessons up into bite-sized chunks. Ten-minute chunks of work will be much easier for children to engage with than half an hour spent doing one task, when it’s more likely attention will drift.
  5. Most importantly – make it fun! It might seem obvious but lessons featuring role-plays, quizzes, outdoor learning, interactive activities and hands-on exercises are the most memorable and inspirational.

Inspirational classrooms go a long way to supporting and facilitating inspirational teaching.  There are lots of ways to ensure your classroom is providing the best setting for your inspirational lessons, including;

  1. Get the temperature right – you want it moderately cool and ideally have windows that open to let in fresh air.
  2. Let there be light. A classroom with lots of windows letting in plenty of natural daylight is a much more inviting place to learn.
  3. Consider the layout of your room. Ensure chairs and tables are arranged to suit the nature of your lesson – i.e. grouped for group tasks, conference style for presentations etc.
  4. Allow plenty of space. Ensure children can easily navigate around the room and have easy access to any supplies or support materials they may need.
  5. Provide easy access to the outdoors. The benefits of outdoor learning are now widely accepted, and as much as possible children should be encouraged to learn outside and involve the outdoor world in their day-to-day learning. Having a door or even a corridor leading from the classroom to a dedicated outdoor learning space is hugely beneficial.

Inspirational teaching in a modular classroom

While older school buildings can restrict the flexibility, outdoor access, temperature control and light that you need to inspire children in a classroom setting, there are now modern solutions in the form of modular classrooms.

Modular classrooms are attractive, sustainably built and individually-designed buildings that can be adapted to fit around an existing space in your school, or even provide access to that all-important outdoor learning experience. St. Catherine’s Prep School in Guildford designed their modular classroom outbuilding to include a large overhanging roof, meaning teachers and pupils could benefit from having plenty of light, but with an anti-glare solution and an under-cover decking area that could be used whatever the weather.

The flexibility and adaptability of a modular classroom means schools can provide inspirational teaching in an inspirational classroom environment.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out how a modular building could help your school, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Read more about modular school buildings on our Education product page, or call us for a chat on 01923 205090.

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