Using a variety of (non-tech) instructional strategies

I attended an informal professional development session shared by one of our teachers at school yesterday on differentiated instruction.  The session was informative and thought provoking.  We all need to be reminded of ways we can best support the learning of our students.

Recap of my biggest take-aways:

  • Fair isn’t always equal – meaning you don’t need to have a cookie cutter approach to grading and evaluation of your students.
  • Differentiated instruction supports flexibility in the way you teach, the way your students demonstrate their understanding and the way your assess their understanding.
  • Create a student-centered classroom – get away from lecture-test-hope for the best
  • This type of instruction increases student engagement and learning
  • Can be difficult to implement – takes time to plan out activities to meet objectives & classroom management can be an issue too.
  • Teachers expressed a desire to gather together in small groups to share ideas of how to best meet the learning challenges of certain students (ie, after a round table meeting).

The teacher gave us a handout of a list of instructional strategies and methods.  This was very helpful for me to review and see how I can improve my teaching.  

A Listing of Instructional Strategies and Methods

Direct Instruction

Interactive Instruction

Indirect Instruction

Independent Study

Experiential Learning

Instructional Skills

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