About This Chapter
Classroom Strategies that Promote Learning - Chapter Summary
This informative chapter uses an easy-to-understand approach to describe some useful strategies for creating an effective learning environment. Utilize these strategies to enhance the methods you currently use in your classroom or as a new approach altogether. Some of the key concepts discussed in this chapter include:
- Tools and techniques for motivating students
- Integrating direct instruction and discovery instruction
- Benefits of student-centered instruction and cooperative learning
- Identifying learning styles and applying them to teaching instruction
- Comparing whole-class vs. small-group instruction
- Procedures for helping struggling students
Apply what you've learned about the concepts discussed in this chapter by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. You can complete each lesson at your own pace when it's most convenient for you and keep track of your progress with the Dashboard feature.
How It Helps
- Hone your skills: Incorporate these strategies into your teaching repertoire to have a full range of motivational techniques and tools to draw from.
- Gain a new perspective: These lessons identify current trends in classroom instruction so you can evaluate new ways of motivating students.
- Boost student participation: By employing these strategies in your classroom, you can gauge how students respond to these tactics and determine which ones prove most effective.
At the conclusion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Identify teaching strategies that promote learning
- Motivate students through rewards, praise and choices
- Apply learning style awareness to your instruction
- Plan authentic learning activities
1. Motivational Tools for Students: Techniques & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore the importance of student motivation and ways that teachers can motivate their students through tools like rewards, praise, and encouraging independence.
2. Student Choice as a Motivational Tool
Giving students choices in their own learning can have a positive impact on student motivation. This lesson will explain organizational, procedural, and cognitive choices and identify ways to give students these choices in the classroom.
3. Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences
Two of the most popular teaching strategies are direct instruction and discovery instruction, which are frequently discussed in contrast with each other. In this lesson, we define each type of instruction and discuss the differences between the two.
4. Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits
Student-centered instruction is an effective method for teaching. This lesson explains what student-centered instruction is and details some of its benefits.
5. Strategies for Helping Struggling Students Learn
Teachers need strategies for helping all students succeed, especially those who struggle. This lesson outlines steps teachers can use to help struggling students make progress and reach goals, with examples for classroom use.
6. Applying Awareness of Learning Styles to Teaching
It is important to know about learning styles, but awareness is not the whole story. In this lesson, you will learn about how you can apply what you know about learning styles to improve your teaching.
7. Authentic Learning Activities: Examples & Concept
In this lesson, we will see how authentic learning activities take class material into the real world, what some examples of these activities are, and why they are so valuable to students.
8. What is Cooperative Learning? - Definition & Methods
Find out what cooperative learning is and learn about its different elements. Examine how to apply cooperative learning methods in the classroom. After the lesson, you can test your understanding with a quiz.
9. Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction
Throughout the day, you are going to want to use a variety of grouping techniques for different activities and lessons. Two main grouping techniques are whole-class and small-group instruction. This lesson will define these types of groups and detail when they are most useful.
10. Strategies for Motivating Students to Read
One of the biggest hurdles of reading instruction is helping students become motivated to read. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use in your classroom to help students become motivated, lifelong readers.
11. Motivating Students to Complete Homework
Teachers can be confronted with a lack of student motivation to complete homework or assigned readings. This lesson will offer tips and strategies for helping out-of-class student motivation.
12. Student of the Week & Month Ideas
Awarding student of the week and student of the month can be an excellent positive reinforcement for your students. This lesson will outline several ideas you can use to make sure these awards have an optimal impact on your students.
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