Types of Instruction
I use multiple types of instruction in order to better meet the diverse needs of all learners in my classroom.
The types of instruction in my classroom include: whole group, teacher-led small group, group/partner activities, individual activities, Chromebook and computer-based learning with rotations through two or more of these types of instruction.
I use Whole Class Activities as introductions to topics or units. This engages students through the use of flip-charts, whole group activities, and whole brain teaching activities. These types of whole group direct instructions are research-based showing children positively interact with the learning materials.
Teacher-Led Small Groups
My TLS groups can be either homogeneously or heterogeneously grouped by skill-level. This instruction allows me to scaffold for the skills that a small sub-set of the class struggle with. During small group instruction the students are working with hands-on manipulatives and engaging instructional activities. There are typically 5-8 students in my teacher-led small group.
Group and Partner Activities
My students enjoy participating in group and partner activities. These activities often involve math games, projects, and science activities and lessons. Students are able to develop, practice and expand fluency with many concepts while having fun and working cooperatively. I find this very helpful for my English Language Learners (ELLs).
Individual Learning Centers
This is invaluable for my high achievers, allowing them to demonstrate levels of comprehension by tapping into their use of higher order thinking skills, like connecting topics to real-world experiences.
Journaling will also helps to build meta-cognition skills that allow students to understand their thought processes related to specific subject area concepts.
Teaching with Technology
Technology is a must in today’s classroom. Technology gives our students the knowledge and experience that will undeniably help them in their future careers. My students will find themselves using technology in a wide variety of applications and tasks, including coding and problem solving.
And of course, I am the Computer-Based Learning teacher. I believe in whole project learning foundations and implement them whenever appropriate.
Differentiation is paramount in education.