Meaningful Teaching and Learning

A plea for meaningful teaching

Teachers who teach with enthusiasm, passion for their subject and empathy for their students are infectious and highly motivating.
Visible Learning

In his study “Visible Learning,” New Zealand education researcher John Hattie, Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia, investigated what makes for good teaching and which factors are decisive for success at school. He came to the clear conclusion that framework conditions such as financial resources or school structure have little influence on student performance.

The decisive factor takes place in the classroom! The decisive factors for sustainable and proactive learning success are clarity of content in the lessons, constructive feedback from the teacher, targeted support for self-directed learning and a positive student-teacher relationship.

A motivating teacher challenges his or her students and opens up to them why the material to be learned is significant. A good teacher needs not only subject knowledge but above all pedagogical-didactic skills. Teachers who teach with enthusiasm have a contagious effect and transfer their enthusiasm to the students.

Frontal teaching is useful when the learners have little prior knowledge. Teacher-directed instruction can be quite effective if the teacher gradually empowers students to take charge of their own learning.

The bottom line, then, is that good teaching means subject-relevant lesson topics are developed and presented in a way that is clear, coherent, and easy for students to follow.

So dear teachers, instead of monologuing and lecturing, rather ask good, stimulating questions and give the students more room to bring their ideas and conceptions to light.

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