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Teaching Strategies Activity

This professional development activity asks teachers to explore a variety of teaching strategies.  Below is a list of nineteen frequently used instructional strategies.   In pairs or small groups, flush out the definition and usefulness of selected strategies by discussing four dimensions for each:

  1. The strengths of the strategy,

  2.  The weaknesses of the strategy,

  3. How each strategy used effectively will benefit students,

  4. Offer some examples or scenarios to exemplify how each strategy can be employed in the classroom

Objectives for this Activity

  • To review workable classroom strategies

  • To broaden one’s view of classroom strategies

  • To assess the value of numerous teaching strategies

  • To share ideas about using divergent instructional strategies

Classroom Teaching Strategies

1.  Independent Work--Students plan, organize, and practice independently without teacher intervention.

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

 

Benefits for Students

 

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2.  Lecture—Used in moderation or combined with other teaching strategies the lecture is a useful teaching method.

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

 

Benefits for Students

 

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3. Alternate Modes of Expression —Students communicate their ideas, research, or study using a variety of modes of expression: digital presentations, dramatizations, visual arts, dance, creative writing, etc.

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

 

Benefits for Students

 

Examples

 

 

4. Cooperative Learning —Working in small groups students cooperate together to achieve an established goal.

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

 

Benefits for Students

 

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5.  Active Learning—Students analyze, discuss, synthesize, or evaluate class content using cooperative learning, simulations, and/or problem solving and critical thinking exercises.  The goal is to encourage students to apply what they are learning.

Strengths

 

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6.  Inquiry-Based Learning—On their own, in pairs, or in small groups, Students search out information to find answers.

Strengths

 

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Examples

 

 

7.  Interdisciplinary Learning—Using things like themes, time periods, concepts, pieces of literature, or historical events students study the material from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.

Strengths

 

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8.  Technology Integration—Students use technology hardware and software to enhance the curriculum.

Strengths

 

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9.  Project Development Learning--Students enhance classroom lessons by working in small groups to complete a project.

Strengths

 

Weaknesses

 

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10. Discussion—Using a variety of configurations, from pairs to large group, students learn from focused and directed discussion.

Strengths

 

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11.  Think Tank Learning—Students work to solve problems asking thoughtful questions, researching, and  discovering alternative ideas.

Strengths

 

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12.   Life Application Learning—Students confront “real life” issues, dilemmas, and social problems. 

Strengths

 

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13.  Role Playing—Students learn by acting out relevant scenarios.

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14. Divergent Thinking–Students are required to find multiple responses to a situation, issue, or problem.

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15. Distance Learning—Students use computer courses, television, interactive software, DVDs, etc. to enhance their classroom learning.

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Benefits for Students

 

Examples

 

 

16.  Writing—Students enhance their learning with creative and technical writing, taking notes, journaling, etc.

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Examples

 

 

17.  Service Learning—Students learn by engaging in service to the community.  The service experiences are dovetailed into classroom learning.

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18.  Manipulation Learning—Students learn with their hands as they build, manipulate, or construct.

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19.  Visual Learning—Visuals like videos, DVDs, photography, art, etc are incorporated into classroom lessons.

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