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Pedagogy


The following information pertains to all forms of Pedagogy and Research. As you will see there are links on many different Pedagogy Research Topics and should be used to assist in one's ability to lesson plan and teach effectively across the diverse populations of each classroom.

  1. Balanced Literacy: The links provided on this page explain the purpose of a balanced literacy program. Understand that how you teach is as important as what you teach! As student teachers we strive incorporate all reading approaches into our classroom.
  2. Behaviorist vs. Cognitive vs. Constructivist: Watch the brief YouTube video provided for an informative overview of these learning theories. Being aware of these differences in your students can help you identify what their strengths and weaknesses are. This allows you to design approaches that your students will most identify with.
  3. Bloom's Taxonomy: Watch the brief YouTube videos provided for an informative overview of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This explains the three types of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. With an understanding of these learning types, you will be better prepared to test students, knowledge, attitude, and skills.
  4. Classroom Management: Also known as Student Engagement.  There are numerous YouTube videos provided pertaining to class room management. Watch some of these to learn key tips and tricks to having a successfully classroom. Having a well managed classroom is essential to students having a positive learning experience.
  5. Cooperative Learning: Cooperative learning is also known as small-group learning. It allows the students to interact by solving problems together. As a student teacher it is an important component to incorporate. Students learn best through interacting and are able to develop new skills by working as a team towards a common goal.
  6. Co-Teaching: Also known as team-teaching.  Co-Teaching is multiple teachers sharing in the organization and presentation of a lesson plan. This teaching arrangement is extremely beneficial for student teachers. As a teacher, there are always new things to be learned, and co-teaching allows you to collaborate with another professional in your field.
  7. Cultural Competence: Cultural competence is the ability for a person to interact effectively with people of any race, ethnicity, world-view, or culture. There is no tolerance for discrimination, especially not in the classroom. As a student teacher, it is imperative to embrace all people and everything they have to offer, whether it is students, parents, or colleagues. On this page, YouTube videos are provided pertaining to cultural competence.
  8. Differentiated Instruction: Differentiated Instruction is a way in which teachers can match the characteristics of their students to instruction and assessment. Differentiated instruction is a way for all students to have access to the same curriculum of the classroom, but in ways that match their own individual characteristics. This pages hosts a few YouTube videos that show samples of differentiated instruction being used in a classroom.
  9. Four Square Writing: The four-square writing method is simply a way to teach students how to use writing skills across any grade level and curriculum. Providing details and enhancing word choice are done through visual and kinesthetic aid.
  10. Graphic Organizers: In this section there are numerous student handouts provided that utilize pictures and diagrams in order to convey a lesson. Such models include: Venn Diagrams, Timelines, Flow Charts, and Webbing. All provide an explanation of the function of the table. There are also templates to create your own graphic organizers.
  11. Higher Order Thinking: Higher order thinking incorporates asking open ended questions of students, to illicit more thoughtful responses. In addition, HOT is about more than memorizing and restating facts, rather it supports understanding subjects and being able to apply the knowledge gained to other areas. One HOT strategy is by “thinking out loud” and talking through multi-step processes.
  12. Inclusion: This is a method of teaching in which a student with disabilities is placed in a typical classroom, rather than a special needs classroom. In such a case, the teacher is required to match instructional techniques to different groups of students as necessary. This is a difficult task, and the material provided on this page will aid you in best structuring and inclusion classroom.
  13. Inquiry Learning: Also known as Problem Based Learning.  To inquire mans to seek knowledge and truth by questioning all that we learn. Inquiry Learning is done through being actively engaged in a lesson, both mentally and physically. A teacher who successfully incorporates this into their classroom will provide learning that uses all the senses- seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling.
  14. Interactive Teaching: Interactive Teaching is an age-old concept. It is simply, providing students with something to do, collecting it, and reviewing it. Based on the results of their assignment the teacher can determine of the subject matter was clear or not, and if he/she should review or move on with the next assignment. Watch the brief YouTube video provided on this page for an informative overview of this teaching concept.
  15. Interactive Strategies: Provided in the links on this page are strategies of how to best incorporate interactive learning into your classroom. You will find that these interactive strategies will engage students of all learning styles both physically and mentally.
  16. Learning Styles: There are three main styles of learning: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. These three determine how you learn best, through seeing, listening, or doing. The links on this page provide information about each of these styles. Take a quiz and discover what learning style meets your needs! By understanding how students learn differently, teachers can design their classes to suit the needs of the students by incorporating all three types of learning style.
  17. Multiple Intelligences: This theory suggests that there are eight types of intelligences including Linguistic, Logical-mathematical, Spatial Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Naturalist Intelligences. Every person uses all of these intelligences, but may be stronger in some areas and weaker in others. Depending on which intelligences you favor, you will learn better in certain situations and by particular methods. An attached link provides a Multiple Intelligence test- find out what you are!
  18. Portfolios: A portfolio is a compilation of all class work completed by the student. It is a way to assess strengths and weaknesses. It also measures progress and achievements made throughout the year. This growth can be monitored by the student, teacher, and parents.
  19. Research & Theory: The first link provided on this page has a glossary of instructional techniques. The second link provides information about selecting the appropriate teaching and learning methods to utilize in the classroom.
  20. Small Group Instruction: Small group teaching refers to teacher presenting material to only a small portion of the class at a time. This small group interaction allows for equal sharing and participation. This will also facilitate students asking questions.
  21. Small Learning Communities: The first link on this page provides a power point presentation that gives an in depth explanation of small learning communities and how to best structure a classroom to incorporate this concept in the curriculum.
  22. Whole Group Instruction: The links on this page provide a vast array of information of whole group instruction, including lesson plan templates, strategies of for teaching a whole group, and how to branch off from this style of instruction when necessary.
  23. Workshop Model: Workshop models can be an integral part of the classroom. A workshop model of teaching can use several things such as curriculum, individually paced work, student constructed meaning, processes, risk taking, portfolio/performance assessment, self-assessment, and individualized learning and evaluation. The environment in a workshop should feature things such as word walls, independent work stations, and libraries that are categorized by reading level/genre/author/special interests.
  24. Project Based Learning: In a classroom project based learning can be extremely important. Project based learning allows teachers to assess the progress of students in different ways than the traditional idea of plain, written papers. A teacher can assign several different types of projects such as creating a Web page or a multi-media presentation to be assessed by a teacher. Project based learning also teaches students that they can be satisfied by just asking a strand of right questions, rather than focus on getting the “correct” answers.
  25. Instructional Methods / Strategies: There are several different types of methods and strategies when it comes to teaching. There are many different creative ways in which teachers can bring learning into the classroom in a way that’s fun and exciting. These can include things such as bulletin boards, assigning pen pals, games, learning and activity centers, laboratory investigation, and so many more. Creative ideas such as these do a great job of getting a student’s attention. These type of ideas convey the idea that learning can be fun to students of all ages.
  26. The Incredible Years:  teacher training examples
  27. 537 teaching videos demonstrating teaching
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  29. 40 ways to close a lesson