5 Most common ways of teaching

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5 Most common ways of teaching
The point of all teaching is learning. (Fox Photos/Valueline/Getty Images)

According to the Department for Education, teaching can involve delivering presentations to hundreds of young people in an average working week. This being the case, it behoves you to have a wide range of different ways of teaching. Not every learner will respond positively to every method. Therefore, it is vital you learn to maximise your impact by tailoring your delivery mechanisms to suit each specific classroom situation.

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Chalk and talk

According to ICTL, chalk and talk refers to a traditional style of delivery where a teacher talks to the class, writing on the board every now and then. Even though chalk and blackboards are a thing of the past in most British schools, the technique is still used. Nowadays, the blackboard has been replaced by an interactive whiteboard, and the chalk by an interactive pen.


You can teach someone how to do something by demonstrating it. It is a technique of particular use in teaching practical skills, according to Friends of the Earth. Following your demonstration, you can ask your students to practice the skill demonstrated. Where necessary, you can intervene to ensure your students acquire the skill correctly.


Leading a discussion amongst students is a popular and creative way of teaching. You can even assign each student a given role, if you wish, to ensure several points of view are expressed. You can use discussion in many subjects, including drama, to teach students how to consider a topic from many sides.

Structured play

For younger pupils, structured play is a common teaching method. In structured play, teachers provide pupils with specific equipment, which may include toys. They set the parameters of the play experience to ensure pupils play in a way that has educational value, rather than just freely.

Question and answer

A well-devised series of questions, leading to intelligent responses, can be a great way of getting students to work towards a solution. Imparting information in this way ensures students are actively engaged in the teaching process. Further, you can use the method as a way of assessing what your students have learned about a given topic.

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