Old school teaching methods are tried and true ways to create effective lesson plans. Let’s start with one of the basics: spelling. All lesson plans need a spelling list of words that will come up during the subject discussion. Students should know how to spell each word, and if they do not, they should practice writing them (say) 10 times each. Next, you will have to write down the vocabulary for the spelling words. Prepare a list of meanings, and ask each student to read the list so that they may understand the meaning of each spelling word. One activity to monitor evaluate their understanding is to ask them to use their spelling words in a sentence. An activity that the class can do together may be playing a card game with good old index cards that have the word written on one side and the definition on the other. Students can compete with each other by either asking for the word that goes with the definition or by asking the definition of the word on the card.
When teaching and learning content, writing notes is very important. Taking notes not only gives us visual clues, but as we say out loud what we are writing down, we are also hearing it. When we hear it, write it, see it, say it, read it, that fortifies the message we are learning. Students may create and ask each other questions about the content that was just shared. Teachers may provide tests with fill in the blank questions, essay questions, or matching questions that correlate to the notes shared about the subject.
One important thing to be sure students do is to answer questions with a complete sentence. When answering with a complete sentence, it presents the information twice. You not only are asking the question, but are repeating the question with the answer attached. This makes for a two-fold memorization technique.
These methods work for every subject matter and grade. You may use these same exact lessons in each subject whether it be math, english, social studies, or science. Repetition of the tasks will create a familiar way to teach, study, interact, and learn. These skills will become a base on which future study techniques can build. Effective learning and study techniques will last a lifetime of learning.