Key Instructional Strategies
Instructional strategies are ideas, methods
and attitudes that you have for your classroom and for your students. Through
my experiences, I have continued to learn more methods to meet my students
needs. The students will notice not only what I teach them but how I teach
them. I must be a good and positive role model as a teacher and as a person.
The students will notice the attitudes in the classroom and from myself
and it will put an effect on how they learn.
The main goal is for students to become better learners and better communicators.
A teacher must adapt to different learning styles among the students and
encourage right and left hemisphere activities. (Orlich, 1998)
When teaching, you must repeat lessons for weeks because a child who is
deaf has to hear and see a word or a concept twice the amount of a hearing
child to use it in their own vocabulary. (Yohe, 1998)
Encourage positive beliefs about learning. (Clements, 1997)
It is important to use a variety of methods of teaching and learning and
I feel you should use technology to help expand concepts and build confidence.
Teachers should be facilitators not directors of the development of language.
(Brinton & Fujiki, 1989)
Encourage language and dialogue in every situation. (Clements & Battista,
Talk with the students not at the students. (Clements, 1997)
Always let parents know what you are teaching so that they are able to
help at home and encourage at home activities. (Yohe, 1998)
Cooperative learning improves both academic learning and social skills.
Use both tactile objects and teacher made tests and not just one method.
Teach how to learn! (Orlich & Johnson, 1998)
These instructional strategies should make
the students feel comfortable in their classroom. I will facilitate language,
communication and learning in everything. These strategies encourage cooperative
learning and a student centered environment. It is important that a teacher
also help by guiding them along whenever help is needed.