Some of the key ideas I took from this article:
- Consider quitting the "covering curriculum contest," take a deep breath and enjoy teaching again
- Start by creating learning objectives for each unit.
- If an activity, class or homework assignment is not directly connected to your learning objectives, you probably need to eliminate it. Simply put, cut out all the fluff.
- When students are struggling to comprehend new ideas and material, and the content is crucial to achieving the learning goals for the unit, think of other ways the students can learn the content and concepts.
- After you have decided on learning objectives and chosen material, dig in rather than gliding over. Simply covering material is not teaching.
- Educational research shows that only about 10 to 15 percent of students learn best auditorily, but 80 percent of instructional delivery is auditory. What that means is to serve our learners in an authentic, meaningful way where the learning lasts, all that telling (direct-teaching) has to be toned down and replaced with lots more visual, hands-on, and experiential learning.