Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Chair vs Air:Teaching Abstract Concepts Seminar In HIPF
HIPF hosted a Seminar on Monday 30 MAY. 2016 about Chair vs Air:Teaching Abstract Concepts
No matter the field or discipline, every educator will encounter a concept that is difficult to teach due to its abstract nature. This presentation covered various techniques and observations to be aware of when tackling this issue. First, one must understand that knowledge, experience, and technique are three aspects of every profession that should be enhanced. Knowledge from the teacher’s perspective can be looked at on an inverted pyramid scale starting from specific knowledge of one’s lesson and ending at comprehensive knowledge of one’s profession. In addition, teaching technique must also be given its due importance. For example, abstract concepts should always be taught in a context that caters to one’s specific students’ motivations. When clarifying linguistic and grammatical concepts, meaning, form, and pronunciation are the three aspects that must be covered. Finally, students’ understanding of every concept should be checked through the use of carefully constructed concept checking questions (CCQ’s).