Ch 5: GACE Early Childhood Education: Instructional Pedagogy

About This Chapter

Before you take the GACE Early Childhood Education exam, complete the activities of this chapter to review instructional strategies, classroom organization, classroom management and curriculum mapping.

GACE Early Childhood Education: Instructional Pedagogy - Chapter Summary

This chapter includes a series of lesson videos, worksheets and quizzes assembled to aid in your review of strategies and techniques used in the class room. Watch the lesson videos of professional instructors to prepare for related questions on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Early Childhood Education about:

  • Effective classroom and instructional strategies
  • Differences between direct and discovery instruction
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Play and cognitive development
  • Cooperative and collaborative learning
  • Classroom management
  • Curriculum mapping and integration

Ensure you retain the information presented in this chapter by completing the lesson worksheets and quizzes. Use the results from your lesson quizzes to find out what topics you have not mastered, and return to the videos via video tags to improve your understanding of these topics. If you would benefit from an alternative review of the lessons, try reading over the lesson transcripts.

GACE Early Childhood Education: Instructional Pedagogy - Objectives

GACE Early Childhood Education is used to measure future educators' mastery of the skills and curriculum for teaching preschool-5th grade. This certification exam is composed of two tests that can be taken together in a four hour testing session or separately in two testing sessions that are two-hours. The first of these tests is composed of 75 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response questions. The two constructed-response questions make up 25% of Test I and will ask you about appropriate teaching approaches. This chapter will help you review effective teaching strategies so that you will be able to compose an informative response.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: GACE Early Childhood Education: Instructional Pedagogy
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What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

1. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.

Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

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.

Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences

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.

Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

4. 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.

Expository Approaches to Instruction

5. 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.

The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

6. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

When we think of childhood, we often think of playing. But did you know that playing is vital to a child's healthy development? In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of play that aid a child's cognitive growth.

Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

7. Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

An advance organizer is a very useful tool for teachers to help students understand, retain and remember new learning material. In this lesson, we define an advance organizer and discuss examples and benefits of use in the classroom.

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

8. 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.

Becoming an Effective Teacher

9. Becoming an Effective Teacher

Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.

Classroom Management Techniques

10. Classroom Management Techniques

Managing the classroom is a challenge that all teachers face, and the decisions and actions a teacher takes in this area are extremely influential. In this lesson, we discuss different aspects of classroom management and the importance of creating a plan before the term begins.

Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom

11. Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom

This lesson covers several options for reducing bad behavior in the classroom, including time out, satiation and token economies. The lesson touches on how to use these techniques, and what to avoid when trying to encourage good behavior.

Using Wait Time in the Classroom

12. Using Wait Time in the Classroom

During class discussion, is the pause between the teacher's question and the student's response important? It is, and the pause between the student's response and the teacher's reaction is also important. In this lesson, we define and discuss both types of wait time and how they can be used to optimize students' learning.

What is Curriculum?

13. What is Curriculum?

Teachers are often asked to design or work with particular curricula, but rarely do we get a chance to talk about what curriculum actually is. This lesson gets you toward a definition and gives you a few key guiding points to work with.

What is Curriculum Mapping?

14. What is Curriculum Mapping?

In this lesson we will discuss what a curriculum map is. Topics we will cover include what to include in a curriculum map, who writes a curriculum map, and what things to consider when writing a curriculum map.

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