Methods for Effective Teaching discusses research-based general teaching methods while emphasizing contemporary issues, including creating a learning community, differentiating your instruction, and making instruction modifications based on student differences. Several pedagogical features about technology, learning communities, and instructional modifications for diverse classrooms engage the reader in decision making about chapter concepts. This book offers new content on motivating students for a learning community, working with colleagues and parents, differentiating your instruction, and managing lesson delivery. Thorough coverage of classroom management and discipline includes discussion of dynamic ways to create a positive learning environment. For anyone interested in different methods for teaching k-12 effectively.
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Table of Contents
About the Authors.
PART I. Foundations of Teaching Methods.
1. Introduction to Teacher Decision Making.
How Is This Book Organized?
What is Decision Making?
What Decisions Do Teachers Make?
How Might Teachers Improve Their Decision Making?
PART II. Planning Instruction.
2. The Fundamentals of Planning.
What Is Planning?
Approaches to Planning.
Additional Planning Considerations.
How Do Teachers Really Plan?
3. Types of Teacher Planning.
Types of Teacher Plans.
Components of a Daily Lesson Plan.
Alternative Lesson Plan Formats.
4. The Inclusive and Multicultural Classroom.
Student Characteristics that Demonstrate Differences.
Creating an Inclusive, Multicultural Classroom.
5. Motivating Students for a Learning Community.
Planning for Motivation.
Motivational Strategies Concerning Instruction.
Motivational Strategies Concerning Evaluation and Feedback.
PART III. Selecting Instructional Strategies.
6 Differentiating Your Instruction.
Why Differentiate Your Instruction.
Ways to Differentiate Your Instruction.
A Range of Instructional Strategies.
7. Direct Instructional Strategies.
Direct Expository Strategies and Mastery Learning.
Lectures, Questions, and Practice.
8. Indirect Instructional Strategies.
Group and Discussion Methods.
Inquiry and Discovery Approaches.
PART IV. Managing Instruction and the Classroom.
9. Managing Lesson Delivery.
Issues Affecting Lesson Delivery.
Managing Lesson Delivery.
10. Classroom Management.
Dimensions of Classroom Management.
Preparing for the School Year.
Organizing Your Classroom and Materials.
Selecting and Teaching Rules and Procedures.
Establishing a Cooperative, Responsible Classroom.
11. Classroom Discipline.
A 3-Step Response Plan.
PART V. Assessing Student Performance.
12. Assessing Student Performance.
What is Evaluation?
Establishing a Framework for Evaluation.
Characteristics of Good Assessment Instruments.
Gathering Evaluation Information.
Preparing and Administering Teacher-Made Tests.
13. Grading Systems, Marking, and Reporting.
Purposes of Grading.
Assigning Letter Grades.
Designing a Gradebook.
Reporting Grades and Communicating to Parents.
General Principles in Grading and Reporting.
PART VI. Working With Others.
14. Working with Colleagues and Parents.
Reasons for Working with Parents.
Contacting and Communicating with Parents.