About This Chapter
Tools & Techniques for the Classroom - Chapter Summary
Think of this chapter as your toolbox. The lessons provide the nuts and bolts that you can use to assemble your best teaching strategies into a cohesive methodology. You will find information on the following in these lessons:
- Types of questioning techniques and how to use them
- Approaching multiple learning styles
- Using examples and non-examples to teach content
- Advance and graphic organizers and how to use them
- What scaffolding is and how to use it
Our lessons incorporate not only videos, but fully written transcripts with highlighted key vocabulary for quick and easy reference. Each complements the other, allowing you to customize your study program to suit your personal learning style.
How It Helps
- Engages student learning: By incorporating questioning techniques you can keep your students interested and help them learn.
- Addresses various learning styles: You will be better able to tailor your presentation techniques to multiple styles of learning.
- Incorporates graphic tools: As you expand your collection of graphic and organizational tools, you will be able to help your students maximize their performance.
Upon successful completion of this chapter, you will have the tools to:
- Adapt your teaching methodology to your students' style of learning
- Teach new content using expanded retention and presentation techniques
- Understand and employ scaffolding when appropriate
- Engage your students using new and different questioning approaches
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. Multiple Intelligences & Learning Styles: Teaching Tips
Your classroom is likely to be filled with students who learn in very different ways. This lesson will introduce the concept of multiple intelligences and learning styles and offer tips for teaching students in this way.
4. Concept Attainment: Model & Strategy
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of concept attainment, as well as the model and strategy used by teachers to help students learn attributes of concepts and critical thinking skills.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Using Task Cards in the Classroom
This lesson will explain what task cards are. It will also explain how to incorporate task cards into a lesson and when to use task cards throughout the lesson.
10. Anchor Activities: Definition & Examples
No matter how great your time management skills are, there will be moments when students finish their work at different times, leaving them with down time. Read this lesson to learn about anchor activities and how we can fill those gaps in meaningful ways.
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Other chapters within the Effective Instructional Strategies for Teachers course
- Basic Principles of Instruction
- Instructional Planning
- Teacher-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Student-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Cross-Curricular & Content-Specific Instruction
- Instructional Strategies for Student Achievement
- Instructional Strategies for Language Skills
- Integrated Learning in the Classroom
- Technology for the Classroom
- Learning Environments