Every teacher has its own style. The style depends on varying factors, on the activity itself and the students. Teaching style is also a result of individuals characteristics of the teacher’s personality. Here is an highlight of the five major teaching styles:
Teacher as an authority
This is known as “The Authority Style.” The teacher regards his student more as an object rather than as equal person in the activity. For this reason, the teacher disjoints himself from the group. This authority teacher is in sole control. This style is more renowned in tertiary institutions. The authority method can work when working with older students, who require memorization and do not demand teacher’s criticism.
We do not recommend to use this teaching style in your classes as the it restricts the students in participating. The teacher has no contact with the students, and this has adverse effects on student’s performance and evolution. The students motivation drops. Some students repel such effects, and this could cause conflicts. Due to this, students could lose their self-esteem and independence.
Teacher as a demonstrator
This type of teaching style is also known as coach style. It is similar to the authority style. During teaching, a teacher might involve multimedia presentations or different frontal class activities. This style is advisable for subjects where you can give a full comprehension of a topic only by demonstrating. For example, teaching music, science, humanities, etc. This teaching style also limits communication between the teacher and student.
Teacher as a facilitator
This style is known as “The Facilitator Style”. The primary job of the facilitator is to facilitate and also energize the learning proceedings by building a suitable logical and emotional environment in the classroom. This style of teaching develops self- learning. Students should look for answers and information’s through research. The teacher forms goals and objectives for some students or an individual, and then builds a free and serene ambience that will help the students to solve problems. The facilitator should express opinions and feeling to show care. This method is perfect for smaller groups, so that the teacher has the chance to communicate with students individually.
Teacher as a delegator
This fourth teaching style is “The Delegator Style”. This process is usually used for group works and exercise. The teacher role is to observe and has to engage the students in activities. These classroom activities can be team projects, creative debates, or writing tasks. The benefit of this teaching style is that students feel their independence and freedom.
Teacher as a conductor
This style is “The Hybrid Style” or blended learning. It is a contemporary digital teaching style that blends traditional classroom techniques and new digital learning exercises. The power of this style of teaching is the blending of several technologies into one integrated learning style. Blended learning helps to build a sense of unity in large classes and allows students to receive course materials and learn to use them efficiently and on time. On the contrary, there are many concerns about this learning style. Students may need more guidance do tasks on time and teachers could be overworked. The teacher has to built unique content to adapt to the student’s need to learn.
All teaching styles have their positive and negative effects. In my opinion, teachers should be flexible to be able to balance their communication with students in the class. Also, the best teaching style includes being careful around students, motivating them, and hearing their complaints.