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Teaching Strategies Catalogue Rachael Gough

Teaching
Strategy

Group Work

Brief
Description

Different from
partner work;
3+
members/grou
p

Field Trips

Leaving the
school as a
class for an
activity

Games

An activity
outside of
traditional
academic
ideas (usually
involving
strategy)

Discussion

The class as a
whole talks
about a topic
assigned by
the teacher

Independent
Work

Work is done
alone

Specific
Example

Brief Description

Pros

Cons

Jigsaw

A task, say a long reading, is


divided into several grouping. Each
group receives a different section
to read and summarize together.
They then share their findings with
the rest of the class either by a
change of grouping or a
presentation to the class.

- Builds social skills


- Brings in a variety of
outlooks/opinions
- Lets students collaborate/
builds communication skills

- Students may not get


along
- Work may not be equally
shared
- Takes time preparing
proper groups

Art Museum

Students would be able to gain


first hand experience with art. The
activities heavily depend on the
museums programs, but many will
offer class groups a special behind
the scenes look into the museum
and how it runs.

- Brings in real world


experience
- Engaging
- Refreshing to learn in new
surroundings

- Immense amount of
planning
- Parent volunteers needed
- Students may lack focus
on learning

- Fun, engaging, and


interesting
- Students may already know
how to play which cuts down
on set-up time
- Very versatile, allowing
students to show individuality
and creativity

- Can be disruptive
- May be unproductive
- May not assist in
achieving SLOs

- Every student has a chance to


participate
- Assists teacher in getting to
know students
- Builds classroom community

- Can get off track


- May cause
disagreements/contention
between students
- May not be productive
(especially if no one
speaks)

- Builds critical thinking skills


- Builds independence
- Easier to assess specific
student learning

- Students may get stuck or


lack drive/focus
- Not very engaging
- Lacking a variety of
viewpoints/opinions

Minecraft

Think, Pair,
Share

Reflection

Mine raft is a game that allows


players to build anything they can
image, which would be excellent
for math purposes, or recreating
scenes from history in social
studies. They could also build
something for art class, or
reconstruct a scientific model.
Students are given a certain
assignment to think on. After an
allotted time, they turn to their
partners and discuss further.
Finally, the all the partners share
their findings and create a class
discussion.
Students take time to look back on
their work or an experience. This is
usually done in writing but can be
communicated through many
forms such as a mind map, a
drawing, a graph, etc.

Teaching
Strategy

10

Brief
Description

Movement/B
rain Breaks

Anything that
gets students
up and
moving

Partner Work

Two students
collaborate for
a singular
product/assign
ment

Scaffolding

Taking a
complex
subject and
breaking it
down into
small,
realistic,
achievable
SLOs

Fidgets

An object that
students can
manipulate
during class
time

Feedback

Commentary
on an
assignment
written by an
additional
source
(Generally
written)

Specific
Example

Brief Description

Pros

Cons

Step Up
Spelling

Students from the class suggests


words that may or may not be
written on the board. From there,
students will step up on their
chairs for each vowel in the chosen
word(s), and step down for each
consonant.

- Gets the blood flowing


- Lets students take a break
from learning
- Helps students relax

- Valuable time is being


taken
- Takes a lot of planning
- Hard to refocus students

Class
Presentatio
n

Students pair themselves up or


pairs are selected carefully by the
teacher. From there they can
collaborate to present the product
that their two minds together can
produce.

- Easier to monitor if work is


being shared
- Helps build social skills
- Less intimidating than a group

- Harder to successfully
match up good pairings
- Students may not get
along
- Only two viewpoints &
they may be opposing

- Simplifies complex concepts


for students
- The process makes learning
memorable
- Eases students into learning
so they do not get
overwhelmed

- Time consuming
- Complex lesson planning
- If students miss a step, all
subsequent ones are lost

Stress Ball

Student will choose or be given a


stress ball to manipulate during
class time. It must be stressed that
it is not a toy, and must serve as
an assistant in learning, rather
than a distraction.

- Helps focus learners


- Accommodates different
learning types

- May become a toy


- May distract surrounding
students
- Could be costly

Peer
Feedback

Students exchange assignments


with one or more peer. From there,
feedback can be given in a number
of ways, for example you could
give verbal feedback or written
feedback.

- Lets students know where


they stand academically
- Shows the teacher cares
about you & your learning
- Gives students advice on how
to improve their work

- Students may not read it


- Takes time to give quality
feedback
- Students may not want to,
or be afraid to, give honest
feedback