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Lesson Planning & Instructional Strategies - Chapter Summary
Our instructors have developed bite-sized lessons you can study at your own pace to ensure you have a quality understanding of lesson planning and various instructional strategies. Get reacquainted with direct and discovery instruction, effective teaching strategies, expository approaches to instruction and more. When you're finished with this chapter, you will be able to:
- Define hands-on, interactive, expository and collaborative instructional strategies
- Discuss collaborative and cooperative learning in the classroom
- Differentiate between whole-class and small-group instruction
- Outline how to develop lesson plans
- Detail strategies for planning and teaching an interdisciplinary unit
- List different evaluation tools for lesson planning
- Explain the importance of presentation skills in the classroom
- Describe how to provide guided practice and models in instruction
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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. 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.
3. Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction
Throughout the day, you are going to want to use a variety of grouping techniques for different activities and lessons. Two main grouping techniques are whole-class and small-group instruction. This lesson will define these types of groups and detail when they are most useful.
4. 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.
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. How to Develop Lesson Plans
A lesson plan is a teacher's guide for communicating a set of skills or knowledge to the students in a class. Good lesson planning follows a research proven structure that assures students the best chance for learning.
7. How to Plan & Teach an Interdisciplinary Unit
This lesson will help you work as a team in your school to develop an interdisciplinary unit. In this lesson, you'll learn how to collaborate, choose meaningful topics for your students and develop assessments that span all the classes involved.
8. Evaluation Tools for Lesson Planning
As a teacher, you are always working to improve your curriculum, organization and instruction. This lesson offers you some concrete tools you can use to evaluate your lesson planning.
9. The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Classroom
Developing presentation skills in the classroom is important for improving communication and creating positive learning experiences. In this lesson, we'll explore effective presentation skills and why they are important for students to learn.
10. 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.
11. Providing Guided Practice & Models in Instruction
Teachers spend a lot of time with students throughout the day. Not all of it is used for direct instruction. This lesson shows how to use methods of guided practice and modeling when teaching and offers examples of how each is used.
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