We have heard this term, we know what it stands for, but do we really know what makes it work?
Also known as “traditional learning”, teacher centered learning methods have been practised for centuries now. Although most of the world is looking at Student Centered Learning as the new-age technique of learning, we have plausible reason to believe that there are concrete proofs as to why Teacher Centric Learning is so successful.
In a teacher-centered scenario, students play the passive or secondary role and the main focus is on the teacher. Teachers plan out lessons and set a definite path to what students should learn, when they should learn and how.
Much has been written and said about ‘what’ is teacher-centric learning but we haven’t explored the factors that make this form of teaching so popular and prevalent.
What makes it a success?
When a person takes responsibility for teaching a group of students, a lot of research, study and tactic goes behind it.
- Experience and knowledge makes teachers a dependable entity so we can trust them for educating children
- They have an insightful doubt-solving ability to help out a student when required. Answers and solutions are no longer evasive.
- Approach to complex problems is available round the clock.
- With a dedicated curriculum, the desired outcome is achieved within a specific time period.
- Human interaction and intuition goes a long way when it concerns curious minds that need jostling, prodding and most importantly, understanding.
- Discussions and conversations become productive in the presence of a wiser person who can channel it in the right direction.
Yes, a student assumes the role of a listener and a follower – but in that very process, learning takes place.
Why the teacher always beats the computer
The kind of enlightening environment a teacher can create is impossible to reproduce in any other form of teaching. Whether it is a theoretical subject like Physics or an expressive one like that of Literature, conceiving a concept is easier than when one does it on their own.
What about self-learning?
Of course, self-learning is an important aspect of education and in the absence of a good teacher, self-learning is what comes to the aid. It takes time because you eventually have to take the combined effort of a teacher and a student.
Good Teachers make Good Institutes
A staff of smart and dynamic tutors, instructors and professors can raise the overall standards of an institute by producing a talented brain-pool of students.
Such is the power of teacher-centric learning.