Life Skills Teaching Strategies

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Teaching life skills can require several strategies, including having the student interact with the teacher, allowing the student to read and write about a particular life skill or demonstrating a life skill. Consider the student and how they may learn best when teaching life skills using advice from a university campus president in this free video on life skills.

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Hi, this is Dr. Darren Adamson from Argosy University. Today we're going to talk about life skills teaching strategies. How to most effectively teach life skills to those who need to learn them. You need to choose the technique that best fits the particular life skill you want to teach. Keeping in the mind the person you're working with, how much interaction they might need, keeping also in mind their intellectual capacity or their developmental stage. In addition it's very important to keep in mind your ability as the life skills coach. Let's talk about a few techniques. One is a very interactive technique. Doing a life skill with the individual right along side of them. Show them the life skill, have them do the life skill literally like teaching them how to dance. Another technique for teaching life skills is a very cognitive technique. Have them sit down and read something about a particular life skill, have them write down how they might apply that particular life skill in their life. Another very effective method for teaching a life skill is to have others demonstrate the life skill for your student. Have a group in other words that all are practicing that same life skill and they can learn from one another. The most effective technique is to always keep in mind the learner. What is it that they need to learn and what is their capacity for learning. As you do that, virtually any technique you choose will be effective. For more information, contact me through argosy.edu. Look for the Salt Lake City campus and call me at that phone number.

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