Jahanzaib Khan has over 12 years of teaching and training experience of which 7 years working in the UAE.
He has a keen interest in teaching / lecturing due to his passion. He has taught different age groups of students. Due to his excellent class management skills, knowledge & keen interest in his subject; he has built a good rapport among his students which enables him to engage them in his lessons.
In his opinion teachers and students play an equally active role in the learning process and mainly teachers are an authority figure in the process. The teacher’s primary role is to coach and facilitate student learning and overall comprehension of material. He measures Student-learning through both formal and informal forms of assessments and student learning is continuously measured during his teaching / instruction. He has three teaching methods; direct instruction, inquiry-based learning and cooperative learning. Through these three teaching methods (either alone or in conjunction with other methods), he gains a better understanding of how to govern his classroom, implement instruction and connect with his students.
Direct instruction is the general term that refers to the traditional teaching strategy that relies on explicit teaching through lectures and teacher-led demonstrations. Direct instruction is the primary teaching strategy under the teacher-centred approach, in that method he is the sole supplier of knowledge and information. Direct instruction is effective in teaching basic and fundamental skills across all content areas.
In this method he explains that the Inquiry-based learning is a teaching method that focuses on student investigation and hands-on learning. In this method, his primary role is that of a facilitator, providing guidance and support for students through the learning process. Inquiry-based learning is, basically, the student-centred approach, in that students play an active and participatory role in their own learning process.
This method refers to teaching and classroom management that emphasizes group work and a strong sense of community. With this method he fosters students’ academic and social growth and utilizes teaching techniques such as “Think-Pair-Share” and reciprocal teaching. Cooperative learning is, again, student-centered approach because learners are placed in responsibility of their learning and development. This method focuses on the belief that students learn best when working with and learning from their peers.
In his opinion, in order to identify a personal teaching style, it is important to acknowledge one’s personal values toward education and how students learn. Understanding teaching style early on will prove effective for teacher and students, creating and maintaining a balance between teaching preferences and students’ learning preferences.
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