Two instructional strategies are choral responses and graphic organizers.

  • Two instructional strategies are choral responses and graphic organizers. Choral response is an easy strategy to use to assess students without singling out one another. Graphic organizers are a pictorial way of helping your students organize their thoughts and communicate more effectively.

    Two instructional tools are IPADS and individual response boards. Technology is one of the best instructional strategies a teacher can use that is rapidly taking over. “Today’s students are digital and visual learners who thrive on collaboration through the use of computers, video equipment, audio equipment, digital cameras, and telephones” (Nunley, 2006). Bouncing balls would keep students engaged by playing games such as hot potato. Individual response boards would allow students to write their own answers on something other than paper and share with the teacher or class.

    One activity is four corners. The teacher can ask a question and allow children to respond by moving to a corner of the room that have the answer of their choice. This activity keeps the students active and engaged.

    In my Pre-K classroom, I use choral responses when we are doing whole group assignments such as calendar time. I ask questions about the calendar (Ex: What is today? How many days are in a week?) to see which students are responding and which ones are not. Choral responses give all students a chance to answer the questions and I can observe to see who responds correctly. My school is required to incorporate graphic organizers into our lesson plans at least twice a week. We frequently use word webs and t-charts in my classroom. The word webs helps us to find words that start with a particular letter or brain storm ideas about a particular subject. The t-chart is often used for comparing stories, letters, or themes. Once we are done creating the graphic organizers, I hang them up in the room. Most students are comfortable with both learning styles because they don’t have to worry about being called upon for choral responses and they are able to visually see their thoughts around the room. These modifications are important to differentiated instruction because it will ensure an effective delivery of instruction and caters to how the child learns best.

    References Nunley, Kathie F. Differentiating the High School Classroom: Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2006.

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