4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

ask questions

Transformational teachers don’t react, instead, they anticipate and prepare. Expert teachers should be able to have cognitive understanding of how students learn, emotional preparation to relate to many students whose needs aren’t always noticeable, content knowledge so that you can have different ways to introduce an idea; and, lastly, the ability to act on your teaching decisions quickly.

So how can you do that? Check out how below.

1. Transformational Teachers Create Constructivist Experiences

Instructors tend to use one of two instructional orientations:

  1. Transmission: Where “the teacher’s role is to prepare and transmit information to learners” and “the learners’ role is to receive, store, and act upon this information.”

  2. Transformational: Where students’ active engagement in developing knowledge and skills, critical thinking, higher order skills, and communication are facilitated by the instructor.

It is difficult to accomplish transformational teaching without understanding and implementing constructivist pedagogy — facilitating hands-on experiences — where students construct meaning through active learning. However, the checklist below suggests some tactics:

What Does Transformational Teaching Look Like?

1. Have students ask questions and solve real-world problems.

2. Questions should require students to:

  1. Analyze

  2. Synthesize

  3. Create