These days, a lot of people are interested in ChatGPT and its capabilities; even teachers. Here is a list of 10 ways teachers can use ChatGPT in their job.
1. Be More Creative with ChatGPT
If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for a lesson, you can ask ChatGPT to provide you some suggestions based on a particular topic or subject.
For example, you can use this prompt: What are some creative ways to teach students about [topic]?
Not all ideas will be doable, but you will definitely get inspired – in just seconds!
2. Use ChatGPT for Error Correction
ChatGPT can also be used as an error correction tool. For instance, language teachers can ask students to create sentences with specific grammar rules, then use ChatGPT to correct any mistakes they may have made. Students can, say, write sentences using irregular verbs, and ChatGPT can provide the corrected versions.
Student’s sentence: She goed to the store yesterday.
ChatGPT correction: She went to the store yesterday.
Not bad, eh? This is particularly useful in cases where you just don’t have enough time for each student.
3. Use ChatGPT to Find Teaching Resources
You can use ChatGPT to find suitable resources such as articles, videos, or interactive activities that can be incorporated into your lesson plan to make it more engaging and interactive for your students. Just remember to type in which grade or year you’re teaching and ChatGPT will list suitable resources.
4. Let ChatGPT Create Worksheets for You
Coming up with fresh and engaging lesson plans can be time-consuming. ChatGPT can help you save a ton of time creating worksheets on specific topics. For instance, in matter of a few minutes you can create worksheets with multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blanks, and short answer questions.
Here is a sample worksheet created by ChatGPT for a 7th-grade science class focused on photosynthesis.
Tip: Create similar worksheets for any topic by tailoring the questions to the specific subject matter, age group or grade, and desired learning outcomes. The more specific you get, the better results you will get.
5. Use ChatGPT to Generate Discussion Questions
If you’re looking to generate discussion questions to encourage critical thinking and class participation, ChatGPT can provide you with a list of questions based on the topic you’re teaching.
Let’s imagine that you need to cover the topic of “social media’s impact on society” and would like to generate discussion questions to engage your students. You can use a prompt like this one: “Generate five discussion questions related to the impact of social media on society.”
ChatGPT will respond in a similar manner:
6. Have ChatGPT Generate Writing Prompts
Generating writing prompts is a great way to encourage creativity and critical thinking in the classroom. Here’s an example of how you can ask ChatGPT to generate prompts: “Generate five creative writing prompts for high school students on the theme of “identity.”
You can modify the request based on the theme, age group, or type of writing you’d like your students to practice. This will help generate prompts that cater to your specific needs and stimulate your students’ creativity and critical thinking.
7. Use ChatGPT to Come Up With Review Questions
Adding review questions to your lesson plans is an excellent way to check for understanding and reinforce the concepts taught. These questions can be used during class discussions or assigned as written work to gauge how well your students have grasped the material. If you are OK with your students using ChatGPT in classroom, they can use it to see if they got the answers correctly.
Here’s how you can ask ChatGPT to generate review questions and an example of what you might receive:
Request: Generate three review questions to check for understanding after teaching high school students about photosynthesis.
- Explain the overall process of photosynthesis. What are the primary reactants and products involved in this process, and how do they relate to the energy transformation that occurs in plants?
- Compare and contrast the roles of chlorophyll and accessory pigments in photosynthesis. How do these pigments contribute to the light-dependent reactions, and why are they essential for the process?
- Describe the Calvin cycle in detail. What are the main steps involved, and how does this cycle contribute to the production of glucose in plants?
When you request review questions, be sure to be as specific as possible about the topic, subject area, and level of difficulty you’d like the questions to be.
8. Use ChatGPT to Find Examples
You can use ChatGPT to find examples to illustrate concepts, support arguments, or provide case studies for various subjects.
Let’s say you are preparing a lesson on the impact of social media on society. You can ask ChatGPT for examples to demonstrate both positive and negative aspects.
Request: Provide three examples of how social media has positively impacted society and three examples of its negative effects.
You might get something like that as a response:
9. Use ChatGPT to Help You Adapt Your Teaching Materials to Different Learning Styles
If you have students who need, say, good visuals to better understand the topic, ChatGPT will help you. For example, if you have visual learners in your class, it can suggest resources such as infographics or videos to enhance their understanding of the material.
10. Have ChatGPT Review Past Lessons
Wondering if there’s still something you could teach your students on a given topic? Tell ChatGPT what you’ve done and it can help you suggest ways to build on the concepts taught to ensure your students have a solid understanding of the material.
To summarize, ChatGPT can save teachers a lot of time since there’s no longer a need to visit multiple websites for an answer to a simple question or a solution to a problem. Teachers can also use ChatGPT to help you generate ideas for lesson plans, find activities and resources to use in the classroom, and brainstorm creative ways to teach difficult concepts.
We hope that teachers get inspired to use ChatGPT, because it truly can ease your workload and make you a better teacher. But as you start integrating ChatGPT into your teaching toolkit, remember that the AI is not infallible. Always double-check the information and materials it provides, and be prepared to make adjustments as needed. If your students use AI in their studies, encourage them to be critical consumers of information and to verify any facts or data they receive from ChatGPT.