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Knowing Your Students - Chapter Summary
This chapter will enhance your ability to know your students. You will examine ways to assess prior skills and knowledge of a student, use of learner profiles as a basis for differentiating instruction, plus other lesson material such as:
- Why it is important to know your students
- Using student interest as a basis for differentiating instruction
- Effect of a student's background on reading comprehension
- Awareness of current events and global issues in the classroom
- Definition and student engagement as regards youth culture
These short lessons are designed to be worked on from wherever you are located, whenever you have a few minutes. Log on from your computer or mobile device and complete a lesson or two, to make steady progress on these studies.
1. The Importance of Knowing Your Students
In creating a learner-centered classroom, there is little more important than knowing your students. This lesson details why it is so important that you get to know your students and ways this impacts learning.
2. How to Develop Rapport with Students
Developing positive relationships with students is an important part of the job for educators. This lesson describes ways to do this and shows how to apply these methods to your everyday teaching.
3. How to Use a Reading Interest Inventory
Teaching reading skills isn't enough if students aren't excited about reading. In this lesson, we'll look at one technique teachers can use to evaluate and increase reading interests and discover how to implement it. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Methods for Assessing Students' Prior Knowledge & Skills
Before beginning instruction, teachers should use different assessments to determine what their students know about a particular topic. This lesson discusses the importance of these assessments and gives examples that are commonly used in the classroom.
5. Differentiating Instruction Based on Student Interest
Tailoring instruction to student interest is a good strategy for helping students connect with learning. This lesson will provide strategies and techniques for differentiating instruction for different interests.
6. Differentiating Instruction Based on Learner Profiles
Differentiation is a practice of providing intentional learning experiences for every student. Teachers use learner profiles to make decisions about how to differentiate. This lesson defines learner profiles and discusses how to determine them.
7. Differentiating Instruction to Engage Students of All Levels
Differentiation is a tool teachers can use to help all students succeed and using instructional strategies to engage students on every level. This lesson explains how to make sure all students have opportunities to be challenged and engaged.
8. How a Student's Background Affects Reading Comprehension
Cultural and linguistic backgrounds can have a tremendous effect on a student's level of comprehension in a particular text, which may affect recall and interpretations.
9. Global Issues & Current Events Awareness in the Classroom
In this lesson, we explore some methods by which you can assess how much your students know about current events. We will also detail a few activities to drum up greater awareness of the news among your students.
10. Youth Culture: Definition & Student Engagement
In this lesson, we will discuss examples of how teachers can become familiar with youth culture through research, course work, and direct experience. We will also explain how teachers can use knowledge of youth culture to engage students.
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