I feel one of the most important things for one teacher is to form your own teaching style. Everyone wants to be a most welcome person and someone will learn from those popular people. However, people like a character/host in the TV because he/she has his/her own personality rather than he/she can speak jokes all the times. So it is the same for the teaching. Students will like you because you have your own teaching strategy and attracting personality. It is very inspiring to read “different response strategies (from teachers) were equally effective (for students)” in Deel’s paper. No matter what style you are, explained your strategies to your students at the beginning of your class. Therefore, students can understand your philosophy and evaluation style, so they can easily to follow you in the class and learn from your response on their performance. On the other hand, since you behave as yourself in the class, which provide you confidence and comfortable to talk and answer student’s questions.
Once a teacher finds out his/her teaching style, he/she is ready to learn from other’s lectures and try to infuse their advantages into his/her teaching strategy. One of my friends who is an new instructor in a college has told me her feeling about teaching: have presentations three times a week. It is funny but it is true. Each teaching can be considered as a presentation for students. Thus, new instructors can improve their teaching start with how to improve their presentation skills. Use bullet instead of long sentence, have a clear structure, using picture instead of words if possible, and try to add some “game” section…… All these presentation skills can be used to improve our teaching. Besides, do not forget who you are talking with. Think about what students are really needed to obtained from your lecture and communicate with them more effectively. For example, if your students want to improve their speaking in English, it is better to design more talking sections under different situations rather than putting too much time in analyzing grammar. It is beneficial to learn from Fowler’s paper: the average attention for young people ranging from 18-35 years of old is only 15 mins, so it is helpful if organizing the class in 15-20 min segments and inserts various activities.
Of course, a teacher needs to discover which teaching strategies and techniques work best through practice. But as long as an instructor keeps learning from student’s response and regulates teaching method according to different classes and different students, everyone can find out their own teaching style and transmit their teaching voice.