Ch 2: Teacher as Facilitator

About This Chapter

Teachers in a learner-centered classroom often act as facilitators of learning. In this chapter, you will learn the characteristics and methods of an effective facilitator.

Teacher as Facilitator - Chapter Summary

As you move through this chapter, you will learn methods you can implement to become a facilitator for your learner-centered classroom. You will also find ways to promote students' critical thinking skills review motivation techniques. This chapter will provide you with the following helpful information to assist you in becoming a facilitator:

  • Learner-centered teacher characteristics and facilitation strategies
  • Significance of knowing and understanding students
  • Definition of the Socratic teaching style
  • Ways to teach students critical thinking skills
  • Using self-assessments to improve classroom teaching
  • Usefulness and types of motivation for the classroom
  • Actions to encourage student self reflection

If you need to continue going over specific teaching methods, like the use of motivation to help students learn, you can use the timeline at the bottom of the videos to go directly to the relevant parts. You can also review the concepts of the teaching styles by taking our short quizzes, chapter exams, and final exams.

How It Helps

  • Provides explanation: You will be provided with the attributes and methods of learner-centered teachers.
  • Encourages implementation of skills and teaching styles: The link between facilitation and assisting in the development of students' critical thinking skills will become clear, as well as other teaching methods.
  • Links student learning and motivation: You will be able to understand and use student motivation to promote learning.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand what a learner-centered teaching environment is
  • Know how to use classroom facilitation strategies
  • Understand why it is important to know your students
  • Utilize the Socratic method and types of motivation in the classroom
  • Grasp ways to use self-assessment to refine your teaching skills
  • Use student reflections to promote classroom learning

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Teacher as Facilitator
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teachers

1. Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teachers

Learner-centered teachers are those that switch the focus in the learning process from themselves as givers of information to their students as owners of their own education. When students have control, they are more motivated to be engaged.

Facilitation Strategies for Learner-Centered Teachers

2. Facilitation Strategies for Learner-Centered Teachers

Being learner-centered can boost a classroom's sense of community and academic achievement. This lesson offers insight into how teachers can facilitate learner-centered environments.

The Importance of Knowing Your Students

3. The Importance of Knowing Your Students

In creating a learner-centered classroom, there is little more important than knowing your students. This lesson details why it is so important that you get to know your students and ways this impacts learning.

What Is the Socratic Method? Definition & Examples

4. What Is the Socratic Method? Definition & Examples

This lesson discusses a style of teaching and learning known as the Socratic method. You'll consider what makes this approach effective and why it can sometimes be uncomfortable.

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

5. Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is one of the most important habits a student can learn. This lesson helps you figure out what critical thinking skills are and how you can help your students develop them.

Self-Assessment for Effective Classroom Instruction

6. Self-Assessment for Effective Classroom Instruction

Successful teachers use a variety of strategies to make sure they're hitting the mark in their practice. A highly effective method is self-assessment. This lesson describes techniques educators can use to evaluate and tweak their performance.

Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

7. Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

Motivation is a word we've all heard: whether we're asked if we're feeling motivated or, even, what our motivations are. Where does the desire to do something come from? This lesson presents and explains three of the main theories on motivation.

The Importance of Motivation in an Educational Environment

8. The Importance of Motivation in an Educational Environment

In this lesson, you'll see how motivation affects learning. Discover the behaviors and perspectives that relate to motivation in an educational environment.

Using Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation to Enhance Learning

9. Using Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation to Enhance Learning

Why do you want to learn about educational psychology? Do you enjoy reading about different theories and practices? Do you have to pass this class in order to receive a degree? Our behaviors are driven by intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. In this lesson, distinguish between these types of motivation and learn how they can enhance learning.

Activities for Promoting Student Self Reflection

10. Activities for Promoting Student Self Reflection

In this lesson, we will look at teaching strategies for student self reflection. By the end of this lesson, you'll have some practical strategies for your classroom that put students at the center of their learning.

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