Ch 8: GACE Middle Grades Reading: Teaching Strategies

About This Chapter

Watch our video lessons to renew your knowledge of ways to promote reading and create a literate environment. We can help you with these types of questions on the GACE Middle Grades Reading exam.

GACE Middle Grades Reading: Teaching Strategies - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review ways to help middle grades students develop and improve their reading skills. These videos will aid you in answering GACE Middle Grades Reading exam questions on topics including:

  • The influences of peers and schools on adolescent development
  • Social-cognitive learning theory
  • How to promote creativity in the classroom
  • Strategies for teaching reading to English language learners
  • Ways to involve family in literacy education
  • Cooperative and collaborative learning
  • How to show students the importance of reading
  • Ways technology can empower students

These video lessons average about five minutes in length, and you can watch them anytime on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Our dashboard feature helps you keep track of your progress through the lessons and even has a message board so you can contact an expert if you have a question on a particular topic.

GACE Middle Grades Reading: Teaching Strategies Chapter Objectives

In Georgia, passing the GACE Middle Grades Reading exam is one of the requirements for certification to teach reading in grades 4-8. The test consists of 80 multiple-choice questions, divided into three subareas. Questions on the material covered in this chapter are in the subarea on Diversity and Literate Environment, which makes up 30% of the exam's total content.

The questions in the quizzes that accompany each of our lessons are multiple choice, so answering them will give you an idea of what you'll encounter with you take the GACE exam. Our quizzes also offer an opportunity to see what you know and where you need review before exam day. We've even provided video links so that after completing the quiz, you can jump back to any parts of the video that need extra study.

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: GACE Middle Grades Reading: Teaching Strategies
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Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

1. Peers, Schools, and Adolescent Development

Adolescence is a time of change for most people. In this lesson, we'll look at the changes that occur in adolescence, including why peer groups become so important to teenagers and how school affects development.

Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

2. Social-Cognitive Learning Theory: Definition and Examples

Have you learned behaviors or skills from observing others? Maybe you have learned from observing a teacher, friend, or supervisor. We acquire new knowledge and skills from a variety of methods. This lesson will introduce the concepts of the social-cognitive theory, which focuses on the learning that occurs within a social context.

The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

3. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education

In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.

Using Wait Time in the Classroom

4. 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.

How to Advance Creativity in a Learning Environment

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.

Teaching ELL Students to Read

6. Teaching ELL Students to Read

There has been an increase in the number of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom. This lesson highlights ways to teach ELLs to become successful readers.

The Impact of Family & Community Diversity on Literacy

7. The Impact of Family & Community Diversity on Literacy

In this lesson, we will examine how diversity in the home and community impacts student literacy through its effects on attitudes, experiences, and social interactions.

Using Family & Other Resources in Literacy Instruction

8. Using Family & Other Resources in Literacy Instruction

Teaching children to read and write is one of the most important tasks of a teacher. This lesson gives you some ideas about getting families, community members,and colleagues involved in helping all children develop their literacy.

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

9. 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.

Collaborative Team Teaching Models & Strategies

10. Collaborative Team Teaching Models & Strategies

Many schools are using team teaching in order to support the needs of a variety of students. This lesson will introduce you to the various models of team teaching as well as strategies to support a successful partnership.

Promoting the Importance of Reading

11. Promoting the Importance of Reading

This lesson discusses how teachers can help students understand the importance of reading. This lesson also discusses the difference between printed, digital, and e-books.

Empowering Students with Technology

12. Empowering Students with Technology

As technology becomes more prevalent in the classroom, teachers have new ways to empower student learning. This lesson will explain how technology can be used to empower students.

Blended Learning Strategies

13. Blended Learning Strategies

Many schools are incorporating blended learning into their curriculum. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of blended learning and strategies for fostering a blended learning environment.

Game Based Learning: Definition and Examples

14. Game Based Learning: Definition and Examples

In this lesson, we explore game-based learning and its benefits to learners. A little competition can be a good thing when it engages children and encourages them to study harder. A short quiz follows.

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