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Cute little boy with bookNow that the school year has wrapped up, it’s a good time to reflect on the hits — and misses — of the year. Did your child abhor subjects he previous loved? Sometimes, subject matter isn’t the only factor in such a situation. What really might be happening is disconnect in teaching and learning styles.

It makes sense that if an instructor’s teaching style matches a child’s learning style, the student will learn better, retain more, be more enthused, and perform at a level that is satisfactory or greater.

And, just as there are multiple learning styles, there are also various teaching styles. The key is for the teacher to strike a balance and use a combination of styles when doing lesson plans and choosing educational materials. In this way more students will benefit by the teacher’s daily lessons.

There are four basic styles of teaching:

Formal Authority. This approach is centered around the teacher. He or she provides and controls the information sent out to the student. There is little concern as to whether a relationship is established between the teacher and student.

Demonstrator or Personal Model. This method also revolves around the teacher but he or she gives examples and then guides or coaches students to apply what they are learning.

Facilitator. This approach is student-based and puts much responsibility on the students. The teacher may plan a group project, but then students have to work together to achieve a goal.

Delegator. This  method takes the student centered approach one step further. Not only do students work together and collaborate, but they design the actual project instead of the instructor. This fosters an almost totally independent, very interactive group dynamic.

If your student is struggling with the teaching style at his school, the summer is the perfect opportunity to explore options. For example, since 1985, Back to Basics K-12 Private School has offered a unique educational opportunity for students of all ages. With an unprecedented teacher-to-student ratio of 1:1, Back to Basics fosters a nurturing environment with hands-on teaching and testing methods, as well as careful matching of teaching and learning styles.

The experienced, degreed instructors at this Delaware Department of Education-approved K-12 Private School will help determine your child’s strengths and non-strengths, increase confidence, boost self-esteem, and encourage a love of learning, resulting in academic success.

Students may enter at any time during a school year, and stay for one to three consecutive years, at which time they merge into a more traditional school setting or graduate from our school.

With our location in Wilmington, we serve New Castle County, Delaware and surrounding areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland. For more information or to arrange a visit, call Back to Basics K-12 Private School at 302.594.0685.

Celebrating 30 years of excellence in education! Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is the undisputed leader in 1-on-1 tutoring in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania for over 60 subjects. The company offers a unique Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware and a Delaware Business and Trade School for ages 16 and older. In addition, the company offers translating and interpreting in 16 languages throughout Delaware. Back to Basics is the winner of numerous awards for academic and business excellence including the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

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