5 Types of Classroom Teaching Styles


Any person who has ever taught in a classroom setting will quickly confess that their style of teaching is different from other teachers. Having a different teaching style makes it essential for teachers to be able to adapt to their students learning abilities. Here are five classroom teaching style methods that will help any teacher reach their students.

5 Teaching Styles that are Used in the Classroom

  1. One of the most popular and widely used teaching style is that of an authority figure. This teaching style puts the teacher as the center of attention and all the students must focus on what the teacher is doing. The information that the students receive comes directly from the teacher. Any type of misbehavior that arises must be dealt with quickly by the teacher. The teacher will often maintain control by using a loud voice or some other type of attention getting tactic. This style of teaching only produces short-term results with students and once the student moves on, the teachers influence is long forgotten.
  2. Another teaching model that a student may find in the classroom is an authority model. Here the teacher models or demonstrates certain behaviors that are beneficial to the students. Lessons are taught much like the authority figure that demands obedience, except model behavior is shown by example and not demanded. There is often a clear cut discipline structure that is communicated to both parents and students. The teacher finds satisfaction in the strides that the students make each day. In return, the students begin to build a trusting relationship with their teacher that lasts beyond the classroom year.
  3. Next in line on the teaching style list is a classroom that is student oriented. Here the teacher develops activities that help students build relationships while learning the needed material. Some of the activities will be based on students interacting with each other while they solve problems that are related to real life events. Students who sit under this teaching model find that they end up with friendships with others and remember the content of the lesson plans. Students who do not interact well with other people may find it hard to learn in this environment.
  4. A fourth teaching model uses the students to learn the material themselves. The teacher will have detailed lesson plans that the students must read through and find a way to learn and complete the assignments. Students will have to learn to work in groups and rely on each other to complete the assignment. Usually the teacher is there to provide guidance and support as the students tackle the assignment they have been given.
  5. The final teaching style is one that presents a hands off method. The students are left to themselves to read the book and complete material that is given in an outline format. The teacher is usually in the classroom but only available for questions. Students work through their books in an attempt to complete the material and pass any tests that are given by the teacher.

Every student has a different learning style and every teacher has a different teaching method they use in the classroom. For students and teachers to succeed, they both must learn to adapt to each other. Only in the end, with both sides working together, will students learn and teachers have success teaching their students.


Which one do you see most often in the classroom and what would they look like if the students and teachers were all using digital tools or Chromebooks?

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