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Primary school teachers often adopt a command style whereby the teacher makes all the decisions and the students perform the same task at the same pace although pupils should be given different amounts of freedom to respond depending on learning objectives and variances in ability levels The teacher explains and demonstrates to the class Examples of this style can be observed in classes of dance gymnastics and aerobics Command style is efficient for primary school children as they have a short concentration span and they need to be kept occupied and with its ability to elicit a high degree of uniformity conformity and efficiency in time use is often adopted if the objective is to teach a specific skill within a relatively short period of time Toole Arink 1982 The teachers could use reciprocal style of teaching when the task is simple and does not require much responsibility from the children I observed a class where the task was throwing a ball to one another in pairs The children adapted well to the task as they found it fun and the teacher still had control over the class I do not think a complex task would work as the children would lose interest and focus on something else Particular skills could be taught in whole method such as a lay-up so the children can perform the skill fluently A lay-up consists of a dribble approach takeoff and shot I observed children being taught this in part method and noticed that they found it hard linking the separate skills together they also lost interest and just started shooting Lesson times are short and so teaching in part method would require more lesson time and could result in the children losing interest
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