Debra Purcell-Regis – Effective Teaching Styles

Posted: November 26, 2015 in Sports and Education

Most educators in today’s public schools tend to take on specific archetype when teaching their classes. As an experienced educator, Debra Purcell-Regis has found that most teachers take on either an archetype of bold, by the book, and direct style of education or a calm, Socratic and open style of education.

It is often that a student will favor certain subjects over others due to the nature of the teacher’s style. Some students may prefer Language Arts while others prefer Math. Correspondingly, it is also true that some students will enjoy Algebra 1, but not Algebra 2. These differentiations are in part due to the subject; however, the teaching style is also to be considered. Teachers with a bold, direct and clear-cut approach may present their curriculum in a way that seems restricted. Although clear and direct, the mind of a student may require greater freedom in the way they can absorb the information. As a result, the student may take to one subject more effectively than another.

Comparatively, many students may also be confronted with a teacher who favors more open discussion or a Socratic approach to learning a topic. This approach provides the freedom and unique challenge to learn by doing. However, this approach also lacks the guidance and direction needed to push students forward in a timely manner. While some students may appreciate the freedom and pace of this style, it is also very likely some may be easily distracted or not as engaged as they would be with a teacher who was more by the book and direct.

During the 25 years she spent working as a high school teacher, Debra Purcell-Regis made it her purpose to find a balance between these two styles so that students would both have the freedom to develop their own opinion, as well as the guidance and support to push them forward. Discovering this balance was often unique to the student and was difficult to apply to all, however her approach succeeded with many students who often regarded her as their favorite teacher in Old Brookville.


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