Teaching Methodologies & Strategies



The following are VERY simple review of concepts that are common in pedagogy, learning, and teaching. These are not definitive answers. The Glossary in Understanding by Design By Grant P. Wiggins, Jay McTighe is great!

• Cooperative Learning


• Co-teaching


• Constructivism


• Data Driven Instruction


• Differentiation


• Discovery Learning

  • students discover what they need to learn by a series of exercises all on their own. Compare/contrast this with

• Guided Instruction


• Heterogeneous Grouping

  • small student grouping with different abilities and skills
  • also see: homogeneous grouping, mixed grouping

• Homogeneous Grouping

  • small student grouping with similar abilities and skills
  • also see: heterogeneous grouping, mixed grouping

• Inclusion


• Inquiry Learning


  • also see: discovery learning, project-based learning

• Large Group


  • also see: small group, heterogeneous grouping, homogeneous grouping, mixed grouping


• Mixed Grouping

  • small student grouping with similar and different abilities and skills
  • also see: heterogeneous grouping, homogeneous grouping, small group, large group

• Performance based

  • a classrooom configuration with students at multiple levels of the same subject. This is typically seen in industrial art with students in Art I, Art II, and Art III, meeting in the same room at the same time with the same teacher (also CAD, carpentry, shop, printing).

• Process Oriented


• PBL - Project-Based Learning


• Research-based Instruction

  • also see: data driven instruction

• Small Group


  • also see: small group, heterogeneous grouping, homogeneous grouping, mixed grouping

• Whole Child




Teaching Strategies & Tools





• Interleave


• KWL


• Think-Pair-Share


• Formative Assessment


• Summative Assessment


• Authentic Assessment


• UbD - Understanding by Design

Design a curriculum, lesson plan, or a unit plan backwards (backward design). What do we want students to know when we are "done?" What are the "essential understnadings" that we want students to appreciate. Then we develop the lesson to fit these goals .

• EbD - Engineering by Design