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Ch 11: MTLE Elementary Education: Instructional Strategies

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to refresh your knowledge of effective teaching strategies used in elementary classrooms to prepare for the MTEL Elementary Education exam.

MTLE Elementary Education: Instructional Strategies - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will review various instructional methods that promote the successful education of elementary school students. By the end of this chapter, you will have explored:

  • Useful classroom strategies
  • Different instructional methods
  • Direct and discovery-based instruction
  • Differentiated teaching
  • Expository instruction
  • Collaborative learning
  • Effective teaching
  • Classroom management
  • Inhibiting objectionable student behavior

Each lesson contains several methods for learning so you can easily learn and retain the information. You will find a short video included to help illustrate the material. You'll also find the video's transcript as a resource for taking notes. You can take a self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to test your knowledge and see how questions may appear on the exam.

MTLE Elementary Education: Instructional Strategies - Objectives

The MTLE Elementary Education exam is administered to educators in Minnesota who are aspiring to teach at the elementary level. The exam contains three subtests, and each subtest covers two major areas of content. The material reviewed in this chapter is related to all of the major content areas and questions related to classroom instruction could be found on any of the three subtests.

Each of the three MTLE Elementary Education exam's subtests contain approximately 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete each subtest. You need a minimum score of 240 on each of the three subtests in order to qualify for certification.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: MTLE Elementary Education: Instructional Strategies
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What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

1. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.

Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

2. 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.

Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences

3. 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.

Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

4. 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.

Expository Approaches to Instruction

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.

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

6. 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.

Becoming an Effective Teacher

7. Becoming an Effective Teacher

Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.

Classroom Management Techniques

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.

Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom

9. Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom

This lesson covers several options for reducing bad behavior in the classroom, including time out, satiation and token economies. The lesson touches on how to use these techniques, and what to avoid when trying to encourage good behavior.

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