About This Chapter
Teacher Tools & Techniques - Chapter Summary
This chapter focuses on proven techniques that are useful for engaging students with history material. Some of the topics you will find in this chapter include:
- Questioning techniques and strategies
- Examples of game based learning
- Practicing history through writing
- Types of graphic organizers
- Using music for history lessons
- Technology for history class
Our instructors will lead engaging video lessons with information that is useful for your classroom. Lessons include examples to clearly illustrate how to use the tools and you can take quizzes to double check your understanding. For further practice, you can test your knowledge by taking the chapter exam.
How It Helps
- Demonstrates useful strategies: Examples are integrated into lessons to help you better understand how different tools and techniques are used.
- Improves student performance: You'll learn how to use tools, like mental rehearsal, that will help your students engage with the material you teach.
- Shows the uses of technology: Find out how technology can be used in the classroom to help students learn.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Facilitate discussions using questioning techniques and strategies
- Include games in teaching activities
- Prepare students to read and write about history
- Improve techniques that help students engage with the material
- Make the most of technologies that can be included in the history classroom
1. Questioning Techniques in the Classroom
This lesson will highlight various questioning techniques that can be used in the classroom to promote critical thinking. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
2. Questioning Strategies for the Classroom
In this lesson we will go over ways to improve questioning strategies in a classroom. We will focus on those methods designed to decrease student anxiety as well as develop student interest in a particular topic.
3. Blended Learning Strategies
Many schools are incorporating blended learning into their curriculum. In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of blended learning and strategies for fostering a blended learning environment.
4. Game Based Learning: Definition and Examples
In this lesson, we explore game-based learning and its benefits to learners. A little competition can be a good thing when it engages children and encourages them to study harder. A short quiz follows.
5. Teaching Reading: 3-Minute Pause & Think-Alouds
The three minute pause and think-alouds are reading strategies that help students become better readers. This lesson outlines what they are, how they work and how to use these techniques in classrooms.
6. Teaching Reading: Before, During & After Technique
Teachers can help students better understand and succeed in reading when they instruct before, during and after reading. This lesson will describe how to use this technique and provide examples for use in the classroom.
7. Teaching Mental Rehearsal to Improve Student Performance
In this lesson, you'll learn about mental rehearsals, including both the positives and the pitfalls to these simulations of the mind. We'll focus on a research-based technique that can help students improve performance realistically.
8. Learning History Concepts & Skills Through Writing
In this lesson we discover the importance of writing for knowledge retention, and the different techniques and exercises which can aid students' retention of history concepts and material.
9. Graphic Organizer: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, delve into the world of graphic organizers and gain an understanding of the definition and varieties. You'll also view examples of how they can be applied to foster a myriad of educational objectives.
10. Scaffolding in Teaching: Tips & Strategies
In this lesson we'll cover some strategies and tips involved in scaffolding your students' learning. Scaffolding is defined, as is its supporting theory, and a short quiz follows.
11. Using Music to Teach History Content & Vocabulary
Because of its versatility and power, music is a great resource for classroom use. This lesson provides teachers with ideas and examples of how to use music to teach history content and vocabulary to a wide range of students.
12. Using Technology in the History Classroom
This lesson discusses why the use of technology in history classrooms is important. It also discusses how teachers can use technology while teaching the class as a whole and how they can incorporate technology when students are in small groups.
13. Formative Assessment Ideas for Social Studies
Formative assessment is used to determine how students are doing during a specific subject, to assure that you can move forward with little to no confusion. This lesson provides some unique ways to perform formative assessments.
14. Informal Assessment Ideas for Social Studies
It's important to understand what your students have learned, but not all assessments have to be written tests. This lesson contains some quick ways to informally assess student learning in the social studies classroom.
15. Formative Assessment Ideas for History
Formative assessments allow teachers to make those crucial professional decisions to adapt their instruction to best meet the learning needs of their students. This lesson offers ideas for how to do this in history classes.
16. Teaching History Using Graphic Novels
In this lesson, teachers will learn why using graphic novels in the history classroom is an effective strategy that helps boost literacy skills and student motivation. The lesson will include specific teaching strategies and examples of some graphic novels written in a historical context.
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