About This Chapter
Strategies for Preparing Students to Learn - Chapter Summary
An instructor's attitude towards teaching and knowledge of the strategies that prove most effective in motivating and preparing students to learn can determine the success of his/her classroom. This chapter highlights some useful ways teachers can ignite the desire to learn within their students. Once you evaluate these techniques and visualize how to employ them in your classroom, use the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to gauge your comprehension of the material. Some of the concepts detailed in these lessons include:
- The effects of teacher enthusiasm, learner-centered teaching and student-awareness
- Instructional planning and focusing differentiated instruction on student interest
- Pros and cons of using student competition
- Performing student assessments and communicating expectations
How It Helps
- Teaches differentiated instruction: You will be exposed to techniques for catering your instruction approaches to the interests of your students to improve their appreciation for learning.
- Develops your skills:These strategies can enhance your skills as a teacher and build upon the strategies you already use in your classroom.
- Promotes student learning:When you use these teaching methods in your classroom, students will most likely respond positively and be more prepared to learn.
When you are done studying the concepts outlined in this chapter, you will be able to:
- Identify what characteristics you can draw from to motive your students
- Understand instructional planning
- Integrate differentiated instruction that focuses on student interest into your classroom
- Prepare students for assessments and identify their instructional needs
1. Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teachers
Learner-centered teachers are those that switch the focus in the learning process from themselves as givers of information to their students as owners of their own education. When students have control, they are more motivated to be engaged.
2. The Importance of Teacher Enthusiasm
An enthusiastic teacher can make a tremendous difference in student motivation and engagement in regards to learning. This lesson gives you a chance to think about the importance of teacher enthusiasm, as well as how to cultivate an enthusiastic attitude about your teaching.
3. 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.
4. Instructional Planning: Quality Materials & Strategies
Teachers need multiple resources and methods in order to effectively plan instruction. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of quality instructional materials and teaching strategies.
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. Teaching Growth Mindset
This lesson will define growth mindset. It also will help teachers understand why growth mindset is important and how to incorporate it into students' daily academic lives.
7. Anticipatory Set: Definition & Examples
Getting students excited about learning can be a challenge. The anticipatory set helps you engage and prepare students for your lesson so they are eager to learn. Keep reading to learn more about the anticipatory set as well as examples of how to use it in your classroom.
8. Using Student Competition as a Motivator: Pros & Cons
Student competition can be a major source of motivation in some cases, however, for every benefit there may be a problem. Learn about the pros and cons of using student competition in the classroom.
9. Using Student Needs Assessments
Are you looking for some ideas of how to use Student Needs Assessments? This lesson defines the term in the academic context, recommends ways teachers can administer these assessments, and discusses ways to design and implement teaching to meet those needs.
10. Communicating Assessment Expectations to Students
Student assessment preparation should include an explanation of the expected responses, how the scoring will be done, and information on the types of questions that will be asked. Students are better able to prepare when they know what to expect.
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