PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF TEACHING STRATEGIES 6
PracticalApplication of Teaching strategies
Whileteaching, a teacher is usually faced with the task of ensuring thatwhatever he/she teaches becomes grasped by all students. Since thereare different students having different understanding capabilities, ateacher needs to use different strategies that are likely to makestudents with different understanding and learning capabilities getwhat he/she is teaching. Therefore, it is necessary for a teacher touse different strategies while teaching. This assignment will discusshow a teacher would implement different strategies in her/his lessonfor all students. The area of focus is English and the grade ofconcern is the Eighth Grade. The following paragraphs discussdifferent strategies and ways of implementing them.
Modelinga Skill or a Concept
Ateacher can implement this strategy by first of all introducing theconcept with what is locally known by all students. This may bethrough introducing the concept by giving an example of what is knownby all students in their homes. Then, the teacher should give anopportunity to all students to discuss the known idea. It is afterthis that the teacher should relate the concept to the known idea. Inorder to ensure that all students get the concept, the teacher shouldlet the students use the concept individually and give a differentexample from the ones used by the teacher (Díaz-Rico,2013).
Whenimplementing this strategy, the teacher should first of all connectthe vocabulary with a prior knowledge. After integration, the teachershould use repetition in this case, the teacher should focus onusing the vocabulary many times (Díaz-Rico,2013). Then the teacher should provide assignments that will use thevocabulary for assessment for example, writings, readings anddiscussions.
ProvidingOpportunities for Repeated Practice and Use
Thiscan be implemented by the teacher allocating discussion time duringlessons. This will help students in having a repeated practice ofwhat they have learnt. Besides, a teacher can implement this strategyby giving regular reading and writing assignments that can offer therequired practice and use of learnt concepts.
Ateacher can implement this strategy by creating a question and answersession with the students after teaching. During this session,students should be given an opportunity to answer questions asked byfellow students and the teacher. The teacher should give an immediatefeedback through correcting wrong answers sensitively and encouragestudents to revise the answer. Besides, where a student requiresassistance in answering a question, the teacher should look for otherstudents to offer assistance immediately.
Selection,Adaptation, and Sequencing of Current Curriculum Materials to Meetthe Needs of ELL Students
Theteacher should first identify the needs of ELL students. This will becritical in relating the curriculum materials to their needs. Inselecting the materials, the teacher should identify with the needsof ELL students this can be through interacting with the students inorder to understand their needs. On the other hand, in adapting tothe needs of ELL students, the teacher should participate in thelearning process of the ELL students and relate with their needs.This will be critical in helping the teacher sequence the currentcurriculum materials that meet the needs of ELL students. Inaddition, in sequencing, the teacher should ensure that he/sheprioritizes the curriculum materials according to the ELL students’needs hierarchy.
UtilizingCurrent Materials for SEI Instruction (or differentiation strategiesto meet with students who have special needs)
Itis exceedingly critical to have differentiation strategies in orderto meet the needs of students with special needs. In order toimplement these strategies, first of all the teacher has to identifythe students with special needs. Then, the teacher should identifythe different needs that these students have in order to determinewhether their needs can be grouped together (Killen,2007). It is after this that the teacher establishes a solution tomeeting the needs of these students that he/she will employ whileteaching. On the other hand, in implementing the use of currentmaterials for SEI instruction, the teacher should group studentsaccordingly and offer necessary instructional components.
DeliveringSuccessful Cooperative Lessons
Inorder to implement this strategy, the teacher needs to effectivelyform and use teams during teaching. This can be effected byorganizing students into learning groups and develop a will in themin working together. Then, the teacher should develop and useeffective techniques that manage the teams. In addition, the teachershould develop and practice the use of social skills amid students(Johnsonet al, 1994). On the other hand, the teacher should clearlycommunicate standards of success to the groups. Furthermore, theteacher should focus on group reflection in implementing thisstrategy.
Fromthe varied students that a teacher meets, there is an increasing needfor a teacher to have different strategies that will ensure successin teaching. For instance, there is a need for a teacher to ensurethat he/she develops a strategy for using while teaching studentswith special needs. Developing of these strategies is critical, but ateacher should ensure that he/she implements the strategies.
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