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Teaching: Words and Expressions

Throughout my little experience when explaining something to somebody or to some students/colleagues, I am used to using some common words and expressions that I believe they make the teaching process easier, better, efficient and more like a discussion.

Here are some of them:

  • Why? Why do you think it should be so?
  • We can notice that…
  • Imagine that…
  • This is a good idea but/and …

  • Good. This is a fine solution … Does anybody have another one?
  • How would you solve this problem?
  • Let’s try it together…
  • Do you feel this is good enough?
  • What if…?
  • Consequently…
  • On the other hand…
  • Let’s try it and see..
  • OK, but let’s think about it in another way..
  • Does it make sense to you? is it reasonable?
  • Let’s just analyze it and then back to see why it should be like that…OK?
  • May be you are right … Could you prove it to us in someway?
  • Let’s do some brainstorming before starting this topic…
  • You’re right, this is how we solve it, but do you know why should it be solved that way?
  • I’ll leave this as a task to you … study/try it on your own.

Of course every word or expression is suitable in a certain case. The main goal of teaching things that way is to give a chance to the student to discover new ideas, develop solution to problems on his own and be able to discuss them with others efficiently.

There are many other expressions I use and I’ll still be gaining more by experince … So I’ll keep updating this post!

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  1. marwayusuf
    April 19, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    This is actually a very important question that we don’t ask enough. I think one of the problems of education generally in not knowing why?
    Why we study this subject? Why we do it this way? A lot of why’s need to be asked.

  2. Ahmed Abdullah
    April 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    You’re right, Marwa.
    Moreover, teacher should, before trying to deliver knowledge to students, prepare for a lot of “why” questions and must himself be convinced of the answers. He should also encourage students to ask for the reason whenever they have a feeling of “Wondering why?”.

    As a student, I never stopped asking “why” and searching for it whenever I wondered about any piece of information.

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