About This Chapter
Instruction & Assessments to Promote Learning - Chapter Summary
Students learn in a variety of ways, which is why it's good as teachers to use varying instructional methods in the classroom. Of course, finding out how well these methods work requires assessment. This chapter takes a close look at types of instruction and assessment you can use to promote learning. Topics covered in the lessons include:
- Direct, discovery and differentiated instruction
- Methods for cooperative learning and activities for authentic learning
- Tools that motivate students
- The approach for using the mastery learning model
- The meaning of dynamic assessment
- Student assessment using learning styles, interviews and more
- How to give written feedback to students
Each video in this chapter offers a clickable timeline you can use to skip to key topics while planning your lessons. Access this chapter from your computer, smartphone or tablet from the classroom, your home or anywhere with an internet connection.
How It Helps
- Defines concepts: This chapter teaches the meaning of various types of instruction, learning models, assessment and more.
- Offers methods and strategies: Strategies and methods are available in this chapter that help you understand how to incorporate specific types of instruction and assessment in the classroom.
- Strengthens learning outcomes: Lessons provide the information you need to develop quality lessons that engage your students, adapt to their unique needs and improve overall learning outcomes.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define and share differences between direct, discovery and differentiated instruction
- Describe the concept of authentic learning, and identify its related activities
- Identify techniques and tools for motivating students
- Explain the mastery learning model
- Discuss the process of dynamic assessment
- Share how to assess students using interviews, learning styles and interest inventories
- Provide details for ways to give students written feedback
1. 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.
2. What Is Differentiated Instruction? - Examples, Definition & Activities
This lesson explores the concept of differentiated instruction and how this approach to teaching takes into account the differences between learners and modifies instruction to meet the needs of all students. After completing the lesson, take the short quiz that follows.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Mastery Learning Model: Definition, Theory & Approach
In this lesson, we will define the mastery learning model and compare it with traditional teaching. We will also look into the steps through which students master material before moving forward.
7. Dynamic Assessment: Definition, Process & Examples
This lesson provides a review of Vygotsky's zone of proximal development and how dynamic assessment is used to find a student's zone of proximal development through a process of pretest, teach, and retest.
8. Using Interviews, Learning Styles & Interest Inventories for Assessment Purposes
Learning styles vary from person to person. One reliable way to determine one's learning style is through the use of interest inventory tools. This lesson covers the types of learning styles and how to use interviews in assessing students with varying approaches to learning.
9. Giving Written Feedback to Students: Examples & Overview
This lesson will illustrate the importance of providing students written feedback and explain how to do this in the way that most impacts student achievement.
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