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Praxis Middle School ELA: Teaching Strategies - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you will be exposed to numerous methods for teaching students of different backgrounds and skill levels in preparation for the English language arts instruction portion of the Praxis Middle School ELA exam. In addition to explaining culturally relevant teaching, the significance of wait times in discussions, and how to approach teaching students with disabilities and delays, these lessons will detail strategies for teaching the following:
- Language acquisition and second-language introduction
- Vocabulary and reading comprehension
- Vocabulary to ELL students
- Group and class discussions (including a rubric)
- Collaborative and cooperative learning
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1. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages
Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.
2. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education
Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.
3. Culturally Relevant Teaching: Strategies & Definition
This lesson will define culturally relevant teaching and illustrate how this approach to instruction can boost student engagement, increase students' feeling of belonging within their school, and positively impact student achievement.
4. Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary
Vocabulary instruction is an essential component in language development. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including vocabulary journals, foldables, word walls, and games, helps teachers increase student engagement and vocabulary retention.
5. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies
Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.
6. Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words
Teaching vocabulary words to students doesn't have to be boring and repetitive. In this lesson, you will learn methods to energize your classroom during vocabulary instruction. Afterwards, test your new knowledge with our quiz!
7. What Is a Learning Disability in Children? - Definition, Types & Characteristics
In this lesson, you'll learn to define learning disabilities in general, as well as learn about specific characteristics of the various types of learning disabilities. Following completion of this lesson, you'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.
8. Cognitive & Social Functioning Delays: Adapting Instruction for Learners
When growing up, keeping pace with your classmates can be difficult, but for some it's much harder than others. In this lesson we will explore cognitive and social developmental milestones in terms of the developmental delays that affect school-age children.
9. Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students
Using a translator or carrying a translating device is not realistic when learning English as a second language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to strategically teach vocabulary to English language learners.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
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- Praxis Middle School ELA: Literary Genres
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Literary Subgenres
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Theme & Inference
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Literary Elements
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Word Choice in Literature
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Poetry & Poetic Devices
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Literacy Skills
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Informational Texts
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Rhetoric
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Language & Vocabulary
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Language & Syntax
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Language & Word Meaning
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Writing
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Writing for Research
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Speech
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Instructional Technology
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Differentiated Instruction
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Teaching Literacy
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Student Assessment
- Praxis Middle School ELA: Student Motivation & Reflection
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