OUR METHODOLOGY: HOW WE TEACH
This teaching model has proven successful in all our class variations, whether in-person, online, or hybrid.
The art of photography is very practical and often requires a hands-on teaching approach. Therefore, most of our teaching methodologies acknowledge that effective learning is a multi-sensory experience, regardless of the age or experience level of the learner.
Learning by reading and writing text or by seeing and reviewing images
Learning by listening to a lecture or an explanation, or by explaining verbally to someone else
Learning by engaging in physical activities that require us to use our bodies and equipment
The Photo Start training model incorporates this thinking as well as adopts a DESCRIBE – DEMONSTRATE – PRACTICE, WITH FEEDBACK sequence for all our instruction whether online, in-person, or a hybrid approach. This is better explained by the figure below:
Explain/describe a topic or idea in sequence of steps using a PowerPoint slide presentation or a series of pictures that supports the topic.
A useful approach for the DESCRIBE component is to explain:
– WHAT/WHY the topic of conversation is
– WHEN/WHERE it appears in photographs
Model/show how to implement each step using live and/or video demonstrations.
The instructor may show HOW to get the desired image either in person or using a video.
PRACTICE, WITH FEEDBACK
Provide opportunities for students to practice implementing each procedural step, review their work and give feedback. This is the applied learning part of the session where learners are encouraged to put the knowledge they have learned in class into practice. This can be done through spot challenges, times assignments etc Photo reviews and feedback can be given individually or during class. This teaching model has proven successful in all our class variations, whether in-person, online or hybrid.
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