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Ch 1: Understanding Students as a Teacher

About This Chapter

The lessons of this chapter will help you reinforce your understanding of academic readiness, achievement gaps, mental development, physical development, gender differences, stereotypes and other factors that can affect a student's classroom performance and learning.

Understanding Students as a Teacher - Chapter Summary

This chapter will provide you with a way to study some of the different factors that can affect a student's educational success. These factors can be either mental, physical or cultural. Follow along with the lessons of this chapter to review:

  • Ways to measure the multiple dimensions of academic readiness
  • How achievement gaps affect students
  • Components of cognitive, social and emotional development
  • How physical development affects academics
  • Physical, cognitive and behavioral gender differences
  • Stereotypes, educational bias and how they affect students
  • Differentiated instruction and meeting the needs of individual students
  • Ways teachers can create positive educational environments

These lessons are mobile-device compatible so that you may study them even when you are away from your computer. Also, take advantage of the versatile assessments you may take online or print off. If you have questions about the chapter, be sure to use the teacher tabs of the lessons to ask our instructors for assistance.

15 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Students as a Teacher
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Academic Readiness: Definition & Assessment

1. Academic Readiness: Definition & Assessment

In this lesson, we will define academic readiness, discuss the factors that determine academic readiness, and discuss strategies for supporting and assessing student readiness.

What is the Achievement Gap in Education?

2. What is the Achievement Gap in Education?

Students in all groups do not perform the same academically. In this lesson, you will learn about the achievement gap, what it means, and who it affects. After the lesson, take a brief quiz to see what you learned.

What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

3. What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

People grow and develop in many different ways and in many different areas. In this lesson, we'll look closer at three types of human development: cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Creativity and Intelligence in Adolescence

4. Creativity and Intelligence in Adolescence

You know that emotional and physical changes take place during adolescence, but what about intellectual changes? Learn about the behavior of IQ during this time and find out why it is important to encourage creativity in adolescents.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

5. What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

Everyone grows and changes throughout their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at some important times in physical development, including childhood and old age, and how physical development contributes to other types of development.

Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral

6. Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral

Growing up, did you ever observe gender differences among girls and boys in school? Do you still observe gender differences as an adult? There are established gender differences noted in a variety of contexts. This lesson will explore specific differences in physical and motor skills, cognitive abilities and more.

Stereotypes and Cultural Factors During Adolescence

7. Stereotypes and Cultural Factors During Adolescence

Adolescence is a unique time in a person's life. But not every teen experiences adolescence in the same way. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the stereotypes about adolescents and the way that a teen's culture can influence how he or she acts.

What is Educational Bias?- Definition & Types

8. What is Educational Bias?- Definition & Types

A sad fact of life is that, sometimes, not all people are treated the same. This happens everywhere, even in educational settings. What does this look like and where does it happen? Complete this lesson to learn about bias in education.

Culturally Relevant Teaching: Strategies & Definition

9. 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.

What Is Differentiated Instruction? - Examples, Definition & Activities

10. What Is Differentiated Instruction? - Examples, Definition & Activities

This lesson explores the concept of differentiated instruction and how this approach to teaching takes into account the differences between learners and modifies instruction to meet the needs of all students. After completing the lesson, take the short quiz that follows.

Differentiating Instruction Based on Learner Profiles

11. Differentiating Instruction Based on Learner Profiles

Differentiation is a practice of providing intentional learning experiences for every student. Teachers use learner profiles to make decisions about how to differentiate. This lesson defines learner profiles and discusses how to determine them.

Ability Grouping and Tracking in Schools: Advantages and Disadvantages

12. Ability Grouping and Tracking in Schools: Advantages and Disadvantages

In this lesson we will discuss within class grouping and between class grouping. In addition, we will review the pros and cons of between class grouping, also known as tracking.

Helping Students with Disabilities Participate in the General Classroom

13. Helping Students with Disabilities Participate in the General Classroom

With the proven effectiveness of inclusion practices, more and more general education teachers are finding themselves needing to include students with disabilities in the classroom. This lesson provides some tips and strategies for those teachers.

Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom

14. Reducing Undesirable Behaviors in the Classroom

This lesson covers several options for reducing bad behavior in the classroom, including time out, satiation and token economies. The lesson touches on how to use these techniques, and what to avoid when trying to encourage good behavior.

Motivators for Students: Examples & Types

15. Motivators for Students: Examples & Types

Learn about motivators for students and the different types. Find out how to inspire motivation in students. Read the lesson, then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

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