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New Initiatives

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Classrooms are getting "smart" in the sense that teachers can connect to internet sources from their classrooms. Lecturing is done primarily to establish an intellectual and personal relationship with students and is further enhanced through projects, term papers, weekly essay assignments, and midterm and final examinations.

Explaining: Students visualize a problem, then use reasoning and hypothesizing to determine an answer.

Demonstrating: Demonstrations provide an opportunity learn new exploration and visual learning tasks from a different perspective. Faculty use experimentation to demonstrate ideas in class  by reasoning or showing evidence. The uses of examples have become standard practice in the realm of textual explanation.

Collaborating: Collaborating allows students to talk with each other and listen to all points of view in the discussion. It helps students think in a less personally biased way. The faculty tries to assess the lesson by looking at the students’ ability to work as a team, leadership skills, or presentation abilities.

Discussion: A different kind of group work is the discussion. After some preparation and with clearly defined roles as well as interesting topics, discussions take up a major part of the lesson, with the teacher giving a short feedback at the end or even in the following lesson. Discussions take a variety of forms.

Learning by teaching: The students take the teacher's role and teach their peers throgh PPT. This method is very effective. It is a great way to get the students to really study out the topic and understand it. By having them participate in the teaching process, it also builds self-confidence, self-efficacy, and strengthens, students speaking and communication skills. Students gain experience that could be very valuable for life.

Inquiry-based learning: It takes a lot of time, energy, and planning. Students practice problem solving and critical thinking skills to arrive at a conclusion. This teaching method is extremely student-centered and student-directed, and can be modified for students at any level, reaching them where they are.

Cooperative learning: It  is another teaching method that is considered highly effective when done correctly. Students are put in small groups to work together. They are usually not grouped by ability, but put in a group with students at a variety of levels. The students are then given tasks to accomplish together.