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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to apply instructional strategies in the classroom
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about teaching (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about instructional strategies
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra teacher education learning resources
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an instructional strategies unit of a standard teacher education course. Topics covered include:
- Purpose and goals of differentiated instruction
- Types of instructional strategies
- Lesson structure using exploratory approaches
- Distinction between cooperative and collaborative learning
- Methods of promoting creativity in educational settings
1. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
2. Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative
In this lesson, we will use the fictional Academy of Magic to illustrate four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom: expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction and collaborative instruction.
3. Expository Approaches to Instruction
Good expository instruction goes beyond just giving information to students. In this lesson, we describe effective expository instruction and how it is used to structure lessons in a way that optimizes learning.
4. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom
It's extremely common for teachers to require students to work in groups. However, certain types of groups and activities are preferred over others. In this lesson, we define cooperative learning and discuss its advantages in the classroom. We also define collaborative learning and explain how it is different than cooperative learning.
5. How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment
Students in a classroom can attempt to solve problems in a wide variety of creative ways. This lesson defines creativity and then covers barriers to thinking creatively, including response sets and functional fixedness. Finally, the lesson discusses different types of creative problem solving, including brainstorming and working backward.
6. Teaching Good Manners
Both in and outside the classroom, students can certainly benefit from having good manners. What are commonly accepted manners, and how can we teach students how to have them in engaging and fun ways? Use this lesson for some great ideas on teaching manners to your students.
7. Instructional Design Strategies
In this lesson, we'll be learning what an instructional design strategy is and how to use it in your classroom. We'll learn the details about three common instructional designs: Understanding by Design, Bloom's taxonomy, and the ADDIE model.
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Other chapters within the Instructional Strategies for Teachers: Help & Review course
- Effective Teaching Strategies: Help & Review
- Strategies for Differentiating Content: Help & Review
- Assessment Strategies for Teachers: Help & Review
- Types of Assessments: Help & Review
- Strategies for Diverse Learning Environments: Help & Review
- Student Learning and Motivation: Help & Review
- Technology in the Classroom: Help & Review