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- Become familiar with various instructional strategies.
- Describe the differences between direct and discovery instruction.
- Understand what differentiated instruction is.
- Take a look at Bloom's taxonomy.
- Discuss the advantages of using advanced organizers in the classroom.
- Explore expository approaches to instruction.
- Understand the difference between collaborative and cooperative learning.
- Learn different techniques for managing classrooms.
- Explain how to use wait time in the classroom.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Bloom's Taxonomy and Assessments
Bloom's Taxonomy is a popular and extremely helpful tool that is used by most teachers. In this lesson, we'll discuss the original and revised Bloom's Taxonomy as well as how to use it in the classroom to assess learning and cognitive ability.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Collaborative Skills: Definition & Explanation
Find out what collaborative skills are and learn about different types of collaborative skills in this lesson. You'll receive a few tips for teaching students about collaborative skills, then you can take a quiz to test your new knowledge.
11. Content Domain: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of a content domain in the context of psychology and social science research and experiments. You will be given an explanation with examples to further your knowledge.
12. Latent Function of Education: Definition & Examples
Children and teens learn more than math and English at school. You learn how to act, you meet new people, and there is a lot of behavioral information that you pick up by interacting with peers and adults. What are some of the more recognized ones?
13. How to Teach Mental Math
Mental math is an important skill for anyone to have. There are lots of techniques that we can use to efficiently and successfully teach mental math. Here are some strategies and ideas.
14. What is a Teacher Leader? - Definition & Characteristics
This lesson explains teacher leadership and the valuable roles that teacher leaders perform. We'll explore the special characteristics that quality teacher leaders possess.
15. What are Positional Words?
Positional words teach children about language and the relationships of objects in a given space. They are also fundamental for future learning about mathematics and geography.
16. Teaching Decoding of Multisyllabic Words
As children grow into more sophisticated readers, your decoding lessons will increasingly involve words with multiple syllables. This lesson gives you some strategies for helping children do this tricky work.
17. Activities for Integrating Math & Science in the Classroom
This lesson explores the current trend of integrating math and science instruction into the classroom. We'll also look at various examples of activities you can use to engage K-12 students in learning science and math.
18. Affective Education: Definition and Examples
Affective education is a term you might come across in your teaching career. This lesson will present a definition of affective education as well as several examples of what this kind of teaching looks like in practice.
19. Applying the Cloze Procedure to Reading Passages
Many strategies exist to help children master reading, among them is the cloze method. This strategy of deleting words from within a passage is seemingly straightforward and simple. This lesson will explore how to best use this strategy in the classroom in order to enhance reading instruction.
20. April Celebrations for the Classroom
The school year is chock-full of celebrations, but by the time April comes around, teachers may feel the party is over. However, there are many reasons to whoop it up in this spring month. This lesson provides some ideas for classroom celebrations in April.
21. Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Types & Uses
Students with disabilities benefit from using assistive technology. In this lesson, you will learn why assistive technology is used and the different types of assistive technology that are available.
22. Backwards Planning Tips for Teachers
Backwards planning is a useful way to develop lessons that specifically target educational standards. This lesson will define backwards planning and offer some tips for incorporating its principles into your classroom.
23. Bell-Ringer Activities for English Teachers
A bell-ringer activity is a good way to get students settled into class before you begin teaching. This lesson will provide some activities you can use in your English classroom.
24. Bell-Ringer Activities for Social Studies
The need to use every drop of class time for educational purposes has made teachers creative. Ever hear of a bell-ringer? In this case, it isn't a person who rings bells. Read on to find out how teachers use bell-ringers to increase student learning.
25. Benefits of Collaboration in the Classroom
Collaboration in the classroom benefits teachers and students alike. It's well worth the challenges and resources that it requires. This lesson discusses some of the important benefits of classroom collaboration.
26. Benefits of Parent Volunteers in the Classroom
Research shows students, parents, teachers and the school benefit from parents serving as volunteers in the classroom. Discover how everyone benefits from parental involvement.
27. Dealing with Difficult Parents as a Teacher
As teachers, we are often encouraged to form good relationships with parents. Yet not every parent is so easy to relate to or communicate with. This lesson will give you some ideas about how to deal with difficult parents in your teaching practice.
28. Benefits of Technology in the Classroom
This lesson highlights some benefits of using technology in the classroom and includes examples teachers can use to easily integrate technology into their classroom. After you learn about these things, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz!
29. Making QR Codes for the Classroom
Making and using QR Codes in the classroom is a great way to marry technology with traditional pedagogies. This lesson will explain how to make QR Codes, as well as give some creative uses for them.
30. Brain-Based Teaching Strategies for the Digital Age
This lesson will examine the basic principles of brain-based learning, and demonstrate how those principles can be integrated with digital classroom tools.
31. Building Community in the Classroom: Ideas & Activities
Building a strong classroom community is key for creating a safe, productive learning environment. This lesson will give some tips and activities you can use to build a strong community in your classroom.
32. Building Community in the Classroom: Strategies and Activities
Building a classroom community takes work, but it also has great rewards. In this lesson, you will learn the importance of and strategies for creating a classroom community.
33. Check for Understanding: Strategies and Activities
This lesson will highlight ways in which teachers can make sure students understand what is being taught, a process known as assessment. A short quiz will follow that will test your understanding - an assessment in action!
34. Cinco De Mayo: Classroom Activities and Vocabulary
Celebrating a range of cultures in your classroom teaches students not only about the people, places, and activities of other cultures, but also gives them a chance to travel without leaving the room. Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on the fifth of May, is a Mexican holiday with rich tradition that can be taught to any age group.
35. Class Discussion Rubric
This lesson provides an overview of rubrics and what to consider when making a class discussion rubric. It also includes tips for using rubrics during class discussions. A short quiz follows the lesson.
36. Class Discussion Rubric Ideas for Teachers
Class discussions are an important part of any classroom experience. This lesson will provide some ideas for creating a rubric to hold students accountable for their participation in discussions.
37. Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas
In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of class discussions. We will also review several different types of class discussion activities that are appropriate for a variety of grade levels and subjects.
38. 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.
39. Community Helpers: Activities & Crafts
In this lesson, you'll explore how students use creative arts and craft activities to relate to community helpers. Be prepared to embrace how these activities promote life skills and entertainment.
40. Conflict Resolution Activities for Kids
This lesson will address the importance of teaching children to resolve conflicts peacefully and will offer a three-step process for learning the basic skills of conflict resolution.
41. Critical Thinking Math Problems: Examples and Activities
Critical thinking can be as much a part of a math class as learning concepts, computations, formulas, and theorems. Activities that stimulate critical thinking will also encourage students to think and speak in mathematical terms.
42. Current Issues and Trends in Education
Education can be a hot-button topic for many people. New trends are emerging that are both controversial and encouraging. This lesson outlines issues and top trends.
43. Teaching Independent & Dependent Variables
Need some strategies for teaching independent and dependent variables in math? This article gives a few tried-and-true activities, and offers some fun suggestions that can be tailored to fit your students' needs.
44. Diorama Rubric Tips
Dioramas are a good way to have students synthesize information into a 3D visual project. It is important to use a rubric when grading these projects so that expectations are clear. This lesson will provide some tips for creating a rubric to grade dioramas.
45. Educational Coaching Models
Teachers are like everyone else - they benefit from guidance and assistance. These days, many districts use instructional coaches and models, or action plans, as teacher performance is more regularly measured and monitored. In this lesson, you'll learn about the work of educational coaches while exploring three different models currently used in the field.
46. Effective Questioning Techniques in the Classroom
Asking questions is one of the best ways to promote student learning, no matter the age group! This lesson will help you understand how to figure out what questions to ask and when, as well as how to make effective questioning a part of your teaching that you can do instinctively.
47. Effective Teaching: Strategies & Methods
In this lesson, we'll explore the characteristics and strategies of effective teaching. We'll also look at some methods used by teachers, such as case studies and role playing, that are used to encourage student learning.
48. First Day of Kindergarten Activity Ideas
The first day of kindergarten is a big moment for your students. This lesson will detail some activities you can use to help your students settle into their new classroom and school routine.
49. General Project and Writing Rubric
A rubric is a scoring tool used to evaluate student performance on various types of assignments. This lesson defines the word rubric, introduces you to the current use of rubrics, and familiarizes you with the rubric structure.
50. Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities
Have you ever found it difficult to start a group discussion? Or once you've started one, have you ever found it hard to keep it interesting? This lesson provides some basic parameters for what makes a quality group discussion, examples of good questions that promote good conversation, and methods that help keep the discussion interesting.
51. How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students
This lesson will provide strategies and ideas for teaching vocabulary to English as a Second Language (ESL) students. A short quiz will follow that will test your knowledge.
52. How to Teach Vocabulary Words
Without a rich vocabulary, students have little foundation to understand what they are reading. This lesson highlights vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.
53. How to Use a Promethean Board
In this lesson, you will be introduced to the basics of using a Promethean Board in your classroom. Promethean Boards are great tools that can be fun and interactive for students as well as you!
54. How to Use a Smart Board
The Smartboard is a great tool for pedagogy of all sorts. This lesson will help you learn the ins and outs of Smartboard use so that you can make the most of it in the classroom.
55. How to Use Movie Making Apps in the Classroom
Thanks to advances in technology, teachers can use movie making apps in their classrooms. Wondering how Hollywood fits into learning? Read on to find out.
56. How Video Games Can Support Learning
Playing video games is something most kids find fun. School is not. What if there was a way to use video games to enhance student learning? Good news - there is! This lesson outlines what video games support learning and how to incorporate them into your classroom effectively.
57. Independent Learning Strategies
Learn about strategies teachers can use to help their students build independent learning skills. Included are the foundations of a good independent learning lesson and some examples of activities teachers can easily implement.
58. KWL Chart: Example Graphic Organizer and Classroom Applications
This lesson will explain what a KWL chart is and illustrate how to use this graphic organizer in a variety of ways to push students' thinking around new content.
59. Promethean Board: Lessons and Activities
Smart teachers recognize the value of technology in the classroom. The Promethean Board can add to engagement and learning. How do teachers use the Promethean board to teach? Let's take a look.
60. Research Paper Activities for Middle School
This lesson will highlight research paper activities and projects for middle school students in all courses and grade levels. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
61. Smart Board: Lessons and Activities
Teachers have many technological tools to use in the classroom these days, including the Smart Board. What is a Smart Board, and what's so great about it? Read on to find out, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
62. Social Emotional Learning Activities for the Classroom
In this lesson we'll cover some of the basics of social and emotional development and provide a few activities which can be incorporated into the classroom to aid this development. A short quiz follows.
63. Study Skills for College Success: Activities & Ideas
College students require many skills in order to be successful. In this lesson, you will learn how to help students develop skills in the areas of time management, note taking, and test taking.
64. Subject Matter Expert: Definition & Role
A subject matter expert (SME) provides the knowledge and expertise in a specific subject for a project. The SME ensures that the content is accurate. Learn more about subject matter experts and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
65. Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking is one of the most important habits a student can learn. This lesson helps you figure out what critical thinking skills are and how you can help your students develop them.
66. Teaching Digital Literacy in the Classroom
Digital literacy is an important skill for your students to learn. This lesson will provide strategies and tips for teaching digital literacy in your classroom.
67. Teaching Kids to Read: Strategies
In this lesson you will be introduced to teaching ideas and strategies you can use to help teach students how to read. The lesson focuses on sight word and phonics strategies that can be applied to new and struggling readers.
68. Teaching Listening Skills to Children
Sometimes it seems like children just won't listen! Maybe they simply don't have the skills yet. This lesson will give you some strategies for teaching your students to listen.
69. Teaching Sequence of Events: Activities and Games
Teaching sequence of events is something that you will do many times in your career. The activities and games in this lesson will help make this concept more fun and interesting.
70. Token Economy in the Classroom: Definition & Examples
Token economies provide rewards, such as chips or tokens, that can be used to pay privileges or things. Learn more about token economies and test your knowledge with quiz questions.
71. Using Comics in the Classroom
Students learn best when they are engaged in the lesson. Using comics in the classroom is a fun, engaging way to teach any subject. This lesson will show you how to use comics in many different ways and for different subjects.
72. Using Data to Inform Instruction
This lesson highlights how data is used to improve student achievement through instruction, assessment, analysis, and re-teaching. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
73. Using Excel in the Classroom
This lesson discusses several advantages to using Microsoft Excel in both the elementary and secondary classrooms. It will also offer several lesson ideas for using the software.
74. Using Humor in the Classroom
This lesson will help you understand how making (and letting) your students laugh keeps the classroom alive and facilitates learning. You will learn how to use humor effectively and safely.
75. Using Math Game Apps with Students
Using games as an educational tool isn't a new concept, but using apps to engage learners is.In this lesson, you'll get up-to-date information about apps that can be used to supplement the math classroom.
76. Using SMART Goals with Students: Types & Examples
Help your students improve academic achievement and develop strong character traits through the use of SMART goals. Setting goals provides students with focus and direction, but how we set goals matters.
77. Using Social Media in the Classroom
Social media has become second nature to today's learners, so why not use it in the classroom? This lesson provides an overview of social media and explains how it can be used to enhance student learning.
78. Using Student Journals Effectively in the Classroom
This lesson demonstrates best practices for journaling in the middle-school and high-school classroom. In addition, it offers ideas for the teacher who is struggling with his/her journaling ideas.
79. Using Technology in the Classroom
Technology has become much more prevalent and available in the classroom. This lesson will offer some guidelines and strategies for using technology in the classroom.
80. Using Videos in a Flipped Classroom
In this lesson we'll explore some resources for integrating video into flipping your classroom. You'll learn of some places to find educational videos as well as tools for making your own! A short quiz follows.
81. Vocabulary Activities for High School
No matter the curricular area or grade level in which an educator specializes, he or she knows the value of improving each student's vocabulary. High school students can be especially distracted and resistant to traditional methods of vocabulary instruction; this lesson focuses on techniques for increasing engagement and achievement.
82. Vocabulary Activities for Middle School
In this lesson, we will discuss important elements for teaching vocabulary terms. We'll also explore various types of vocabulary activities that are appropriate for middle school students.
83. WebQuest Rubric
In this lesson we will uncover why a rubric is an excellent tool to use when grading WebQuests. We will look at criteria to include on a WebQuest rubric. This lesson also provides a sample WebQuest rubric.
84. What are the Roles of a Teacher?
Educating is just one of the many things you will have to do in your role as teacher. This lesson will detail several of the key roles teachers play in classrooms and schools.
85. What Is Cooperative Learning in the Classroom? - Strategies, Benefits & Definition
Cooperative learning is a technique that allows students to learn from each other and gain important interpersonal skills. Learn more about the benefits, strategies, and techniques involved in cooperative learning.
86. Problem-Based Learning: Examples, Theory & Definition
Educators have a big task. Their job is to teach children, of course, but they also need to make learning engaging and show why it's important. Problem-Based Learning is a method that covers all of these requirements. Sound intriguing? Read on to find out what it is and why it works.
87. Problem-Based Learning: Ideas, Activities & Projects
In this lesson, you will learn about Problem-Based Learning (PBL), why you should use PBL, and some ideas about how to implement ideas and activities in a PBL-based setting.
88. What is Guided Reading? - Definition & Levels
This lesson will highlight the practice of guided reading by providing a definition of the term and explaining the levels associated with it. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
89. Open Syllable: Words & Examples
Learning how to spell English words involves knowing how the parts of words are built, spoken, and spelled. In this lesson, learn the English rules of syllabication and the open syllable rule with examples.
90. Teaching the Theme of a Story
Learning to identify and analyze the theme of a story is an important aspect of reading comprehension. This lesson will help you learn some strategies for helping students learn to determine the theme.
91. What is a Fairy Tale? - Definition & Characters
Learn about the origins of fairy tales and what defines a fairy tale and sets it apart from a folk story. Find out about how fairy tales have changed over time and read about examples of wondrous elements and character transformation.
92. What is a Double Consonant? - Words & Rule
When do you repeat the last letter of a word before adding a suffix? You can take the guesswork out of spelling by learning the double consonant rules in this lesson.
93. What is the Plot of a Story? - Definition & Examples
Have you ever ridden a roller coaster? You may think to yourself, what does that have to do with the plot of a story? Read this lesson to find out and test your skills with a short quiz.
94. What is Active Reading? - Definition & Strategies
In this lesson, we will discuss active reading. We will learn its definition, as well as outline specific active reading strategies you can incorporate in your classroom.
95. Westward Expansion for Kids: Definition & Timeline
From 1803 to 1890, the United States exploded with growth. It spread out from coast to coast, becoming one of the biggest countries in the world. The story of America's Westward Expansion is full of explorers, gold, and even text messages.
96. Designing & Managing the 21st Century Classroom
Modern research and the advent of educational technology has changed how teachers need to design and manage their classrooms. This lesson will help you come up with a plan for your own 21st century classroom.
97. Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
Technology is becoming an integral part of any modern classroom. As a teacher, it is important that you can recognize and understand the usefulness of various types of technology you might find in your classroom.
98. Action-Based Learning: Concept & Activities
Action-Based Learning concepts relate to brain-based learning theory and can increase student learning and retention. Discover activities to implement in your classroom using action-based learning concepts.
99. Flipped Classroom: Definition & Model
This lesson provides an overview of the flipped classroom phenomenon. We look at the model, why it works and what it takes to implement a flipped classroom.
100. Using the ADDIE Model in Instructional Design
This lesson explains the use of the ADDIE model in instructional design. ADDIE is the most commonly used design model and can help you create a course or training program. We will review each step and offer real life examples.
101. What is Early Childhood Intervention? - Benefits & Programs
Wondering why everyone is buzzing about early childhood intervention? Read on to learn about the many benefits of early childhood intervention and programs offering these services.
102. Using Positive Discipline in the Classroom
Using positivity to manage classroom behavior is a far more effective tool than reacting to negative situations as they come up. This lesson will detail several ways you can set up a positive discipline system in your classroom.
103. What are Math Learning Centers?
This lesson is designed to explain what math learning centers are. This lesson will also discuss when to use math learning centers as well as introduce different types of math learning centers.
104. Keeping & Using Parent-Teacher Communication Logs
Communicating with parents is such an important part of the educational process. This lesson will introduce you to the use of parent-teacher communication logs as an effective strategy. You will learn to navigate some of the most common challenges of using these logs.
105. What is Readers' Workshop?
Readers' Workshop allows students to learn skills and strategies while reading books they have picked themselves. The workshop method emphasizes teacher-student conferences and peer conversations about books.
106. Mental Math Tricks for Kids
Mental math allows children to solve mathematical problems without using a calculator or paper and pencil. This lesson presents tricks that allow you to solve multiplication problems in a matter of seconds.
107. Teaching Ethics to High School Students
The topic of ethics is an important part of society that we must understand and adapt to. Explore what ethics are and what skills high school students can develop as a result of studying this subject, and learn effective strategies used to teach ethics.
108. Teaching Life Skills to High School Students
There are many life skills that are beneficial for students to know. Discover which life skills are essential for high school students and the most effective ways to teach them.
109. Teaching Leadership to High School Students
It takes a certain skillset to be an effective leader. Discover what types of skills a leader needs and how to develop these skills in high school students.
110. Teaching Conflict in Literature
We all experience conflict in life, but literary conflict can be a complex concept to teach your students. This video outlines several strategies for helping your students learn about and apply their knowledge of literary conflict.
111. The Brothers Grimm: Biographies & Fairy Tales
Armed with a university education, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm set out to show the politically fragmented Germany of the early 19th century that it shared a meaningful past by recording its folktales.
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