Teaching is like giving learners’ a toolkit of skills, how to use the tools in the kit and when to use the appropriate tool, thus relating the knowledge to the job in hand and implementing it.
If the correct approach is used, not only the strong learners’ but also the weak learners’ will cope with these skills.
To begin with, the first most important aspect to look at when planning and enabling learning is to assess, negotiate and agree to the goals the learner is to achieve during and at the end. Once the learners’ are assessed and the targets are determined, then comes the planning to include different delivery methods to accommodate variable learning styles and enhance learning. Communication plays a very important role in the journey of learning. It is crucial for the teacher and the learners’ to communicate well and get over with any communication barriers as soon as possible. It is also necessary to integrate functional skills into lessons as it provides base to any learning experience.
Negotiating with learners’
Gravells (2007, p.75) states that the purpose of negotiation is to “ensure learners’ are on the right path”. Depending on the course or subject, students may need to have prior knowledge or experience. Students may also need a certain level of numeracy and or literacy. An initial assessment ensures that students have the ability to complete the course; it also provides the tutor with information which will enable them to plan future learning. It is also important for identifying students’ needs for any additional learning support, such as basic literacy.
The vital information obtained after performing the initial assessment with my learners enables me to put in place the appropriate support measures to enable learning.
It is important to share and agree learning goals with students. Clearly defined goals have numerous benefits including the more...