Ch 11: Overview of Instructional Approaches

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Overview of Instructional Approaches - Chapter Summary

This chapter will review expository, interactive, collaborative, and hands-on instructional strategies, as well as strategies for keeping students engaged and how to teach creativity to students. You will also have the chance to refresh your understanding of how to encourage both independent and cooperative learning. In addition to these topics, you will find a thorough recap of the currently used approaches to instruction in the classroom, including:

  • A comparison of discovery and direct instruction
  • Differentiated instruction to change the learning environment
  • Advantages and disadvantages of advance organizers
  • Techniques to verify if students comprehend materials
  • English language learners and scaffolding instruction
  • Methods to promote effective teaching
  • How teachers can utilize learning-focused strategies

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14 Lessons in Chapter 11: Overview of Instructional Approaches
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Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

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.

Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences

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.

Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

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.

Expository Approaches to Instruction

4. 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.

Advance Organizers in the Classroom: Teaching Strategies & Advantages

5. 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.

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.

Engaging Students in Learning

7. Engaging Students in Learning

Students learn better and are happier when they are engaged with their learning. Teachers, too, enjoy their work more when students are engaged. This lesson offers you some ideas about how best to engage students in the learning process.

How to Check for Understanding in the Classroom: Strategies

8. How to Check for Understanding in the Classroom: Strategies

Checking for understanding is an important part of teaching that helps you determine whether your students are learning what they need to. This lesson will detail some strategies you can use to check for understanding in your classroom.

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

9. Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners

The number of English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom is on the rise, and teachers must have strategies for teaching these students. This lesson will highlight ways in which to scaffold instruction for ELLs to help them become successful in the classroom.

Teaching Creativity in the Classroom

10. Teaching Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity is such an important part of any learning experience. This lesson will help you feel comfortable with your own creativity and will give you some ideas for incorporating opportunities for creative growth into your classroom.

Effective Teaching: Strategies & Methods

11. 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.

Independent Learning Strategies

12. 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.

Cooperative Learning: Strategies & Techniques

13. Cooperative Learning: Strategies & Techniques

Cooperative learning is a teaching strategy that helps students work together as they learn. In this lesson, you will learn the benefits of cooperative learning, as well as helpful strategies that you can implement in your classroom to help facilitate cooperative learning.

Learning-Focused Strategies for Teachers

14. Learning-Focused Strategies for Teachers

Learning-focused strategies help to guide teachers towards developing that quality curricula. This lesson will explain what learning-focused strategies are and give some tips on how to use them.

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