Use every teaching moment
Great teachers know that teaching can occur at any time and can use those “teaching moments” whether planned for or not. They are willing to respond to opportunities to support children to learn, understand and grow. A student might struggle to understand the relationship between multiplication and division in a Maths class, then suddenly have a lightbulb moment when the teacher asks how many teams of 4 can the class make for a Phys Ed activity.
An unexpected question asked during a planned lesson can help the teacher to realise she needs to change the direction of the lesson. The smart teacher will know this and be constantly on the lookout for teachable moments. Some of them may not even be anywhere near a classroom! For instance, children can learn about capacity by being aware how long they have to wait for different friends to fill their drink bottle from the water dispenser at play time.