15 Teaching Strategies That Will Help You Reach All Learners
We know you want to be the best teacher that you can be and ensure that all of your students succeed. To accomplish this, you need to be a pedagogical and classroom management expert, all while wearing a dozen other hats. To help you develop a peerless teaching reputation, we decided to create a post that discusses 15 teaching strategies that will help you reach all students. You are welcome in advance.
- PORPE: A learning strategy based on five steps—predict, organize, rehearse, practice, and evaluate—that helps secondary- and college-level students plan, monitor, and assess their reading.
- Herring Bone Technique: A strategy designed to help students organize information in a text using a structured outline based on six basic comprehension questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how.
- Structured Overview: A learning strategy for the introduction of new vocabulary and overall organization of a selection by representing key terms visually. The following steps are usually involved: listing the key terms; arranging the terms to highlight relationships between ideas; adding words familiar to the student in order to develop the identified relationships; evaluating the diagram; presenting the diagram and providing reasons for the arrangement therein; and continuing the process of connecting information as the selection is read.
- Worked Examples: A teaching strategy in which a teacher provides an example of how to solve a problem and model the students’ thought processes.
- Discussion Circles: A small group strategy where students read a text on their own and then share their personal interpretation, insight, or questions about that text. This can be used to prompt discussion on informational articles, sections of text, or novels.
- Facilitating Questions: A teaching strategy designed to encourage learners to think continuously to make a given problem-solving process easier.
- Heterogeneous Grouping: A teaching strategy which groups students of different ability levels.
- Homogeneous Grouping: A teaching strategy that groups students of the same or similar ability level together.
- Between-Class Grouping: A teaching strategy that groups students into low-, middle-, and high-level classes at each grade level based on their abilities. Also known as XYZ grouping or tracking.
- Cross-Grade Grouping: Also called the Joplin Plan. A strategy for grouping students in class with students one grade higher for part of their school day.
- Monitoring/Clarifying: A reading comprehension strategy where the reader constantly asks whether the text makes sense to them and then implementing strategic processes to make the text clearer.
- Within-class Grouping: A teaching strategy that groups student in a class for small-group instruction, usually based on reading or mathematics capabilities.
- Small Groups: A flexible grouping strategy where three to five students meet to accomplish several different purposes. Small groups typically only last for around twenty minutes.
- SQ4R: An abbreviation for survey, question, read, record, recite, and reflect. This is a textbook reading study strategy that incorporates these six skills to learn more about the text.
- Thick and Thin Questions: A teaching idea that encourages students to ask questions about a given text and then discern what type of questions they are asking. The questions might be memory-level (thin) or evaluative (thick).
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