to Know, Do, and Be Aware of
Remember to briefly review
what was previously taught in the last class. This is a good strategy
because it helps students remember important skills and facilitates them
to ask questions about certain things they didn't understand.
Student should always be asking
questions. Be sure to facilitate discussion and questions in class. The
more students speak, the better you'll be able to gauge their understanding
of the material and lessons. If students aren't asking questions, then:
- They may not understand what is going
on and are too scared to let their peers know they mat not understand
- Are too shy to speak up.
- Don't realize that they don't grasp the
lessons and material thoroughly.
Students should also be encouraged to help
each other. A class of 10-12 people may seem small - even with the help
of a teaching assistant. However, it is difficult to give everyone individual
attention. Take notes of the students that are moving at a faster pace
than others. When you feel that you can't teach everyone within the
2.5 hours time limit you have, try getting the 'advanced' students to
help students who are moving slower than they are. This will:
make the students get
to know each other
make the 'not-so-advanced'
student feel less insecure.
build confidence in the
'more-advanced' student and make him/her feel that they really do
understand aspects of basic computer technology and can help their
classmates as well.
Class 4 and Class 5
of the FCLP Syllabus
Before attending class, make
sure you make handouts and get copies of business and cover letters
for the students.
Business and Cover
Teaching students how to
write business and cover letters is fun and challenging. Many students
will convey their interest in learning how to write proper cover letters
in order to apply for better job positions that require not only a resume
but also a cover letter in the job application. Often,
FCLP instructors will encounter students who have never written anything
other than a personal letter. Other students may already have used typewriters
to write out cover and business letters for their jobs.
Suggestions for teaching
how to write a letter
- Use handouts
- Handout copies of letters
- Use a blackboard, eraser board to break
down and explain letter writing
- Even better, try using a PowerPoint presentation
to depict this.
- Explain to students the importance of
proper grammar and spelling. Show
- Spell check
- Grammar check
- Explain to them what it means when there
is a green or red
underline under the word(s) they typed.