Various schools prefer various teaching methods, and it is not always easy to find out what they prefer, even if you research about them.
Therefor I would suggest you to simply demonstrate your knowledge of teaching methods, and emphasize that you’d adjust your selection to the actual situation in a classroom, the topic of the lesson, and the general guidance at school.
You should show your flexibility, saying that you do not stick to a single method, just because you like it, or because it is the most convenient one to follow in the classroom. Try to show them that you’d do everything to make the students engaged in the lessons.
I believe that demonstrating and collaboration are the most effective teaching methods at the secondary school. The side benefit is the development of communication skills and teamwork. However, I have experience with all main teaching methods, including explanation, demonstration, learning by teaching, as well as some unorthodox methods, for example learning by playing. When I prepare my lesson plans, I always think carefully about that and try to apply the most suitable methods in each lesson. I always try to mix it up, so the students experience the unknown, and the lessons are not routine, or boring.
I can’t say that I prefer one method to another. Each method has certain benefits and should be applied in some situations. In one class I may prefer explaining, especially if pupils struggled with discipline. Then in some other classes, students are more creative, so I may prefer collaborating. I typically try to apply various methods and observe the reaction of the students, measuring both their progress and interest. After a few lessons I typically know which method works with them, and which does not.
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