TLM - Teaching/Learning Materials

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In the field of education, TLM is a commonly used acronym that stands for "teaching/learning materials." Broadly, the term refers to a spectrum of educational materials that teachers use in the classroom to support specific learning objectives, as set out in lesson plans. These can be games, videos, flashcards, project supplies, and more.

Classroom teaching that uses only a teacher lecturing the class, perhaps writing on the chalkboard or whiteboard, is the classic example of not using any TLM.

Activity-based learning employs a variety of teaching/learning materials and focus on student interaction to learn new concepts. Context-specific learning materials enhance the process.

Examples of Teaching/Learning Materials (TLM)

  • story books
  • manipulatives
  • blocks
  • samples of student writing
  • videos
  • games
  • flashcards
  • model clay
  • overhead projector transparencies
  • computer software
  • visual aids
  • posters