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This new general elementary methods book offers a balanced presentation of skills, inquiry, and social approaches to teaching, structured around the concept of instructing for understanding. The authors stress that the truly effective teacher not only has knowledge of teaching strategies but also understands the importance of asking and answering such questions as: What learner characteristics affect the success of this strategy? What contextual factors will influence its outcome? What philosophical/ethical stance does it represent? This book includes coverage that reflects a “backward design” structure and consideration of student characteristics first; then, identification of complex tasks and assessment; and finally, daily instructional planning. It emphasizes authentic assessment and the importance of considering assessment when planning instruction. For professionals in the field of teaching grades K-12.
1. Teaching as Decision Making.
Topic 1: Planning for Instruction: Setting the Stage.
2. Understanding Students and Learning.
3. Choosing and Analyzing Classroom Goals.
4. Planning Educational Outcomes.
5. Assessing Learning Performances.
Topic 2: Implementation: Getting Out There and Teaching.
6. Reflective Lesson Design.
7. Models for Teaching: Direct.
8. Models for Teaching: Inductive Approaches.
9. Facilitating Structures and Strategies.
10. Differentiation and Diversity.
Topic 3: Creating a Positive Learning Environment.
11. Classroom Management: Traditions, Programs, and Goals.
12. A Rational Approach to Classroom Management.
13. Looking Back and Looking Ahead.
Appendix: Example Unit.