PROGRAM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (10 Hours) LEVEL 3-4
What is an Instructional Strategy?
The environments created in the classroom are often simulations of real life places and events. In one corner sits a space station with computer screens, a rocket ship, light tray and the solar system over head. You provide an opportunity for children to try out an experience in the classroom without the risk associated with the experience in the real world. For instance simulating a campsite with a campfire, tents, pretend lake, and toy lions, tigers and bears…oh my. Through this process together you consider and discuss the elements and aspect of the experience. Such as the importance of respecting fire, what happens if you get lost in the woods?
This is still a controversial topic for many. However, technology is here to stay and its use in the classroom will continue to evolve. Over time we as a global community have gone from answering machines, to beepers, to car phones, to cell phones to mini computers for communication. Because of this children are engaging in technology younger and younger.
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*Model by "thinking aloud"
“Hmm, I have scissors and a banana, I wonder if could cut this banana with my scissors?”
Provide "wait time"
At a table set with 3 chairs, 3 piles of marshmallows and 2 tubes of frosting. Children will need to decide how they will share the 2 tubes of frosting and wait for their turn.
- Use questioning strategies that require learners to go deeper
- Make objectives/targets explicit
- Student self-assess (self-monitor)
- Peer assess Focus attention on the strategy used