6 Famous Teaching Methods for your Reference

People always say, it’s unnecessary to learn one certain teaching method because we can’t teach all children in a single way. For sure it won’t help to completely copy the method, but if we learn from the successful educating experience of others’ and combine the characteristics of our own students, we can definitely find a more effective method.

Therefore, here are 6 famous teaching methods that are worth to use as reference.

I. The Montessori Pedagogy

The founder of Montessori teaching method is the Italian child-educator Maria Montessori, the first female Doctor of Medicine in Italy and a feminist.

Her teaching method derives from her experience of working with children. Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children who are at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model would act spontaneously for optimal development.

The Montessori Pedagogy encourages to create an educational environment tailored for basic human characteristics, to the specific characteristics of children at different ages, and to the individual personalities of each child. The function of the environment is to help and allow the child to develop independence, confidence, creativity, etc.

The pedagogy emphasizes children’s thinking pattern: from concrete to semi-concrete and then to abstract, which can arouse children’s inner guiding power and activate their potential.

II. Froebel’s Theory

Friedrich Froebel laid the foundation for modern education and his education theory is still leading the world. He coined the word “kindergarten” and created the concept of it.

In his main written work The Education of Man that was published in 1826 explained his theory:

In this work, he introduced the concept of “free work” into pedagogy and established the “game” as the typical form that life took in childhood, and also the game’s educational worth.

Game is also where the kindness derives. Through games children can experience sacrificing, helping, cooperating and can also gain happiness and patience.

Hence, this theory emphasizes the importance of games in early childhood education.

III. Waldorf Education

Waldorf education derives from the name of a school: the Waldorf School opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. The school became widely known and was considered the model of future education.

Waldorf or Rudolf Steiner education is based on an anthroposophical view and understanding of the human being, that is, as a being of body, soul and spirit.

According to the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, only education that aimed at human deep consciousness can help children grow, and finally they can achieve insight and judgment beyond material, desire and emotion. Combining innate wisdom and essence, they can eventually find their own place and direction of life.

So, one of the missions of a Waldorf teacher is to help children obtain self-awareness. However, children will be self-centered if it happens too early and will be confused if it happens too late.

IV. Reggio Emilia Approach

Loris Malaguzzi worked with preschool educators in Reggio, a city in northeastern Italy, to start and develop preschool education since the 1960s.

Later, a set of “unique and innovative philosophy and curriculum assumptions, school organization methods and principles of environmental design” formed there was referred to as the “Reggio Emilia education system”.

The Principle of this pedagogy is: children’s learning is not constructed independently, but in many conditions, mainly in the process of interaction with parents, teachers and peers; it is to construct knowledge, emotion and personality in a specific cultural background. In the process of interaction, children are both beneficiaries and contributors.

This approach does not only put children in an active learning position, but it also strengthens children’s sense of identity with families and groups, so that each child can feel the sense of belonging and self-confidence when participating in activities.

V. Emile, or On Education

This method originates from Emile, a book on education written by the French naturalist philosopher Rousseau. It is divided into five volumes and talks about principles, contents and methods of educating children at different ages.

The first volume focuses on the physical education of infants before the age of two, so that children can develop naturally.

In the second volume, he believes that children between the age of two and twelve are still sleeping in terms of intelligence and lack thinking ability, so he advocates sensory education during this period.

In the third volume, he thinks teenagers that are twelve to fifteen years of age have already had some experience through the senses, so he mainly discusses their intellectual education.

In the fourth volume, he thinks that the young people from 15 to 20 years old start to enter the society, so he mainly discusses the moral education for them.

In the fifth volume, due to the need of the natural development of young men and women, he mainly discusses the education of women and love education of young people.

At present, there are kindergartens
in China established according to Emile teaching method implemented by Rousseau.

VI. Tao Xingzhi’s Life Education

Tao Xingzhi is a famous educator in China. His teacher was Dewey, an educational thinker and a pragmatic philosopher. Dewey once puts forward the educational philosophy of “school is society” and “education is life”.

On the basis of Dewey’s educational notion, Tao proposes three principles of life education, which are “life is education“, “Society is school“, and “Integrative Teaching, Doing and Learning“.

What is Life Education then?

Tao says life education is the education that focuses on life. What kind of life you have means what kind of education you get. The education has a goal if your life has a goal.

Tao also thinks that life determines education. Education becomes real education through the power of life.

The main principal of life education includes:

  • Life has the educational significance; it has the educational function.
  • Life determines education, and education cannot separate itself from life.
  • Education serves to transform life and plays an active role in the practice of transforming life.
  • “Life is education” is a criticism that traditional education is divorced from reality and life.

Maria Montessori, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori
Friedrich Fröbel, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Fr%C3%B6bel
Waldorf Education, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldorf_education
Reggio Emilia approach, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach
Emile, or On Education, wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emile,_or_On_Education

Translated by Helian Ding
Edited by Blair Zheng

Come and Refer New Teachers to Landi English!

Landi is one of the biggest online language course providers in China. With the student-centered teaching approach Peer Study, Landi is growing fast since it has been created. Without your help, your trust, and your encouragement, Landi wouldn’t have come this far. Thank you for sticking with us!

In Landi, referring teachers does not only strengthen the inner relationship, but it’s also a great way for teachers to supplement their income. For each referral who gets hired and passes probation successfully, referrers can receive a referral bonus up to $80!

How to refer new teachers?

To get started, log into Landi Tplus teacher.landi.com and click on the “Referral Bonuses” button on the left side. From there, you’ll be able to choose from the following options:

  • Click “Invite your friends” and copy your referral link.
  • Message your friends or post on social media to tell them about your Landi experience!

Anyone who applies through the link you shared will be your referral candidate in Landi. Once they sign up in Landi, you will be able to track their application process in your Referral page.

Using social media is one of the best methods to spread information, you can share your Landi story on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.

There are plenty of ways to get referrals. Those who you know or don’t know, they all can be your colleagues! Hold your own meetings, make your own videos, or even decorate your car with Landi Bears and QR Codes (google “QR code generator” to make one). Anything you can think of, they might work!

Who do we want?

  • Native English Speaker
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Hold a teaching certificate or have related teaching experience.

If your referrals meet our requirements, there is a good chance they will join us!

Things you can do to be helpful:

Please don’t hesitate to help your friends, no one is more familiar with the application process than you! If you want to improve the referral pass rate, you can:

  • Encourage them to upload their CVs and describe their relevant experience during the application.
  • You can have a demo lesson with your referrals before their interviews, then offer your feedback and tips.
  • Show them different teaching examples, make sure they are well prepared!

However, everyone has their own teaching style, and Landi respects that! So please don’t expect your referrals to have the same teaching plan as yours, help them with teaching techniques!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I track my referrals?
    ›› You can track all of your referrals through the Landi referral page on Tplus, where you will see the email address and progress of each candidate you referred. You will also get your unique referral link through this system.
  2. What if candidates applied without my link?
    ›› All candidates who apply with your link will show up on your referral page. If applicants didn’t use your link when they signed up, they can choose “Referral” from “Source” drop-down options and fill in your teacher’s ID. Also, you can ask for help from our recruitment team.
  3. What is a successful referral?
    ›› After the applicant has started teaching and passed the probation, your referral will be considered successful.
  4. How long does it take for the applications to be reviewed?
    ›› We will take one or two working days to process the applications. Usually, candidates will be able to receive emails in one or two working days from Landi if they have passed the CV screening.
  5. Why didn’t I receive my referral bonuses?
    ›› Referral bonuses will be paid monthly with your salary. And we pay half of the bonus after your referrals start teaching, and the other half after they pass their probation. So your referral bonuses might be delayed if referrals start teaching and pass probation in different months. So, if your referrals don’t start teaching successfully, the bonuses won’t be paid. And if they don’t pass the probation, the other half of your referral bonuses won’t be paid. For any questions regarding your monthly pay slip, please contact our HR department.

For more information, please go on your Referral page on Tplus, also feel free to contact us via email: recruitment@landi.com

In the end, we want to thank you in advance for helping Landi out, and good luck with earning bonuses!

Landi English Overseas Recruitment Department

This Landi Super-Teacher has Earned her Place on the Olympic Podium

“Wow! She has attended the Olympic games!”

“No way, that’s amazing!”

Operators Jessica and Kevin shocked me with this great news.

It is known that there are a lot of talented teachers working at Landi, but I didn’t expect that we have such a low-key and excellent one who has won gold medals!

Well, let me tell you more about her: the gold medal winner, teacher Danielle Brown!

Danielle is from the U.K. She was always lively and adventurous since childhood.

Danielle in her childhood

Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome when she was 16. It’s a nervous systems illness that will cause severe pain – which means, she will never be able to stand on her feet.

Danielle’s self-esteem was challenged because she couldn’t go anywhere without crutches and a wheelchair. “I will never accomplish my dreams. Did my life just end before it even starts?”

Danielle practicing archery

Luckily, Danielle’s family discovered her talent in archery. After 5 years of training, she joined the British national team and started her medal-winning journey:

Gold medal in Summer Paralympics, Beijing 2008 (20 years old)
Gold medal in IPC World Championships, Nymburk (21 years old)

Gold medal in Commonwealth Games, women’s team 2010 (22 years old)
Gold medal in IPC World Championships, Turin 2011 (23 years old)

Silver medal in Arizona Cup, Phoenix, Arizona 2012 (24 years old)
Gold medal in Summer Paralympics, individual, London 2012 (24 years old)

She has also been on many magazine covers and was rewarded as the Disabled Athlete of the Year by The Sunday Times.

“I had this real wake up moment in Beijing 2008 – out there I saw the most incredible athletes achieving spectacular things in spite of their disabilities. It put my problems into perspective and I started to accept myself for who I was rather than who I wanted to be.”

Danielle Brown

Besides archery achievements, Danielle also studied law at Leicester University and was awarded a first-class honours degree.

After she retired from archery, she didn’t want to stop pursuing her life goal, so she started her new careers:

1. Coach: she helps to reduce the mental stress of students, and improve their concentration through training.

2. Social activist: she’s devoted to public welfare and has participated in various charity events.

3. Public speaker: she got on stages, including TED, and shared her story with thousands of people. Her talk was rated by many people as one of the best TED talks ever.

4. Writer: Danielle co-wrote a book called Be Your Best Self with Nathan Kai who is an 8-year-old boy in Mensa. They inspire children to be the best of themselves by focusing on the themes of building self-confidence, pursuing perseverance as well as raising aspirations and self-care. The book will be published in the UK in September!

To know her better, we specially interviewed teacher Danielle.

“China is a place that I have a great affinity with. Because I work with Landi English, I won my first Paralympic gold medal in Beijing 2008, and I have also spent quite a lot of time competing in Shanghai.”

‣ Why do you choose to become an online teacher? How did you know about Landi?

“I am passionate about working with children and helping them grow and develop. I do lots of work in schools where I visit once or twice and help them develop important skills like building confidence and resilience and teaching them how to achieve BIG goals. Whilst this role is super exciting, I don’t really get to know individual children and see them growing and making progress over a long period of time, and I wanted to develop my skill set by doing this.”
“I looked at different teaching providers and Landi English really appealed to me. It got a great review by other teachers on Facebook, the timings worked around my other roles and I loved the format and style of teaching. I heard back straight away and the onboarding staff are lovely.”

‣ Tell us about your experience at Landi.

“I really enjoy working with Landi. The students are fantastic and it’s so amazing helping them learn a new language and seeing them develop each week. It’s great when we make breakthroughs and I also love the different personalities that I get to see every week. Some of my students are full of energy, some are really hard working, some do some fantastic actions and bring great props to lessons, and some are really cheeky. Every lesson is so different and I love learning from them too.”

‣ What do you want to say to your students at Landi?

“Dream big, work hard and never give up. We all have the ability to achieve great things, so set your sights high, keep persisting and believe that you will get there.”

Written by Max Zhang
Translated by Helian Ding
Edited by Blair Zheng