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Teaching resources are those materials or tools that are useful in an educational process. Using an educational resource, an educator can teach a certain subject to his students.

This means that teaching resources help teachers to fulfill their educational function. In general, it can be said that these resources provide information, serve to put into practice what they have learned and, sometimes, they even constitute guides for students.

It's important to highlight that the teaching resources not only facilitate the teacher's task, but also make the learning process more accessible for the student, since it allows the former to present the knowledge in a closer, less abstract way.

Suppose a teacher wants to teach students from a high school how bad it's smoking. To meet this objective, the teacher can use different teaching resources: he projects a film that shows the consequences of smoking on the protagonist, organizes a poster contest with the aim that students advise other young people on the subject and leads to a former smoker to give a talk to the class.

Teaching resources often appeal to creativity and student motivation. Following the previous example, students will have to draw their own conclusions from the film, demonstrate their imagination by creating the poster and reflect on the life experience of the former smoker to take their example. The teaching-learning process, in this way, is more valuable with these resources than if only textbooks were used.

Let's look at some of the functions of teaching resources:

* provide the student with a series of data that improve or facilitate their learning process, as they allow them to feel identified with the subject or the characters involved;

* The teacher is provided with a structure on which to base and organize the concepts that they wish to transmit to the student, something very useful to make sure that they touch all the fundamental points and that none of them occupy time that could be used in others, returning teaching more entertaining and easy to assimilate;

* didactic resources are also ideal for exercising and developing the skills of each party, both who teaches and who learns the concepts, since they invite reflection and self-evaluation;

* motivate students to approach the content and encourage them to do something with it, after which a genuine interest is created that makes it difficult to interrupt the process and, therefore, the failure of the teaching staff;

* since reflection is one of the activities that usually emerges naturally from teaching resources, the teacher has the opportunity to evaluate the student from an unusual perspective during the rest of the work;

* allow the student to express themselves in a more spontaneous and free way, something that isn't possible on other occasions in which they must add to a strict structure in which their answers can only be "correct" or "incorrect", without space for the opinion.

To find the right teaching resources it's necessary to be clear about what we want to teach and organize the information clearly and directly. The materials must be attractive, since the key to success is in the first contact with the student. In addition, it's important to remember that they are a door to knowledge, a channel through which the individual must pass to access many more content than those present in the resources themselves.

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