As a professional and experienced educator, Daniel Behan McQuaid is more than happy to provide help to colleagues, whether that includes better ways to teach a particular subject or text to maintaining better order and civility within the classroom. A 25-year veteran of the education field, McQuaid has come across nearly everything a middle school environment can offer, acquiring a certain level of insight and wisdom that can only come decades of teaching experience.
Below, Daniel Behan McQuaid seeks to provide several helpful teaching tips; simple yet often effective ways to better reach and engage students in the material being presented.
Start Off Smart
At the beginning of any academic term or semester, says McQuaid, it’s vital to not only capture the student’s interest right off the bat, but to show your students how organized and worthwhile both your class and the subject matter actually are. There are numerous ways to do this, though it often helps to begin by asking your students to complete an engaging group exercise, or to engage them in a discussion on a core idea.
It often helps, says Daniel Behan McQuaid, to conduct a review at the end of class, an exercise that can not only help the students better understand and recite the material that was presented, but that can also help you determine what it is you got through or didn’t get through during the time period.
Positive criticism, more often than negative criticism, can be an effective way to boost a student’s self-confidence, as well as to give recognition for effort and accomplishment where it’s due.