Sunday, September 9, 2012

Jigsaw and Graphic Organizer of Effective Teaching

Define effective teaching with the use of a quote:
“Exploration is both active and interactive, reflecting the simple truth that kids learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions. Finally, success is judged by authentic indicators of thinking and motivation, not by multiple-choice tests” (Kohn, 2011).
“We must stop trying to “fix” poor students by abolishing practices such as tracking and ability grouping, segregational redistricting, and the privatization of public schools.” (Gorski, 2008).
“When students are being involved/actively/helped…. Good teaching is going on” (Haberman, 1991)
  Picture of effective teaching
Play is an important part of learning. Here, two young foxes engage in a game of stalking and pouncing, which they must learn to be successful hunters. In the classroom, students learn best by hands-on projects that model what the teacher is trying to teach.
Non examples of effective teaching
·          Drill-and-skill instruction
·          Worksheets
·          Rote memorization
·          Skills-focused
·          Teach to the test
·          Tight control
·          Militant
·          Routine
·          Just do what you’re told
·          Demand non-reflective acquiescence
·          “work hard, be nice”
·          By assuming that students have equitable access to learning resources such as computers and the Internet and never assign work without allowing students the time to do it in class.  
·          Telling people what to do all day and then make them do it.
·          Not letting go to the authority
·          Forcing them to deal with abstractions
·          Coping from book
·          They are students, not hostages
    List of effective teaching strategies
  • Promote thinking and understanding
  • Motivate
  • Exploration
  • Interaction, collaboration, groups
  • Reflection
  • Involved, hands-on, engaged
  • Question,discussion, debate
  • Integrate and connect to real-life
  • Continue reaching out to low-income families even when they are unresponsive.
  • Teach about issues related to class and poverty. 
  • Parent conferences
  • Teaching how to do things


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