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Approaches to Instruction - Chapter Summary
Studying the lessons in this chapter will improve your understanding of instructional strategies and differentiated instruction. These lesson videos are mobile device friendly so that you may have a portable way to review:
- Hands-on, interactive, expository and collaborative instructional strategies
- Differences between direct instruction and discovery instruction
- Ways of adapting learning environments to fit the needs of students
- The expository approach to instruction
- Ways to set up cooperative and collaborative learning in classrooms
- Techniques for advancing students creativity
- Physical, cognitive and behavioral difference between genders
After watching these lesson videos, improve your retention of the information presented in them by reading the lesson transcripts. These written overviews of the lessons will provide you with an additional way to study the material and key terms of the chapter. To see how well you remember the material presented in the lessons, take the lesson quizzes. These quizzes will help you identify the topics you don't understand and provide you with video tags to improve your understanding of them. The video tags will allow you to go directly to and study the parts of the lessons that explain the material you missed.
1. Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative
There are different instructional strategies for teachers to keep their students' attention. Explore the four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom, including expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction, and collaborative instruction.
2. Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences
Teachers use many tools in their efforts to educate students. Learn about the teaching methods of direct instruction and discovery instruction. Understand how the two methods differ and recognize the benefits that each method offers in the classroom.
3. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is an educational strategy that enables teachers to adapt the classroom and other learning environments to meet the varied learning needs of all students. Review the practices of differentiated instruction, including the strategy's content, processes, and products. Understand how differentiated instruction can be used in different learning environments and explore ways to implement differentiated instruction in any learning environment.
4. Expository Approaches to Instruction
The expository instruction approaches are designed to present to students all the important information they need to be focusing on by an expert. Learn about the definition and the characteristics of effective expository instruction, how it is used to structure lessons in a way that optimizes learning, and why instructors often use advance organizers to help students when introduced to a new lesson.
5. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom
Even though both cooperative and collaborative learning involves working in groups, they are different from each other. Learn about cooperative and collaborative learning, explore the elements of cooperative learning and one of the most popular cooperative learning activities called Jigsaw, and check some examples of how these types of learning styles work in the classroom.
6. How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment
Educational psychology has come up with ways to advance creativity in learning environments that teachers can apply. Learn about creativity, what are some of the barriers to thinking creatively, including response sets and functional fixedness, and discover different types of creative problem solving, including brainstorming and the working backward strategy.
7. Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral
Gender differences in childhood development, such as physical ability, intellectual development, and self-esteem are documented and can be applied in successful approaches to classroom learning. Learn how gender differences, including behavior, subject selection, cognitive abilities, physical activity, and motor skills can influence classroom instruction.
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