EDUC-3400 RESOURCES Sara Shiffman

Classroom Management; Professor Maria DeLouise

Research Based Teaching Strategies

1. Setting Objectives: The goal of setting an objective is to provide students with a clear explanation of what you want them to accomplish. The students should know why they are doing the task and what they should be able to learn from the task. Setting an objective gives the unit or lesson plan a direction or purpose.

2. Providing Models: It is vital for teachers to demonstrate the activity they want their students to complete, especially for younger students. This research based teaching strategy is very effective and allows students to work more independently after the demonstration. It can also be used in many ways. For example, in math class, the teacher may demonstrate a problem before asking the students to complete the rest on their own. In art class, the teacher may draw a fish and ask the students to mimic her drawing. Regardless, providing models to students gives them the opportunity to learn from their teacher and complete the task on their own without lots of confusion.

3. Questions: There are two types of questions asked when referring to this research based teaching strategy. The first type of question is where the teacher asks the students about something. Not only does this allow the student to think, but it gives the teacher an opportunity to check the students understanding. The second type of question we look at is when the students ask their teachers questions.These questions are beneficial to all of the students in the class and allow the teacher to fill in gaps of unknown knowledge for her students.

4. Formative Assessments: Formative assessments, also known as informal assessments are given to students to check their understanding of a concept. Unlike summative assessments, formative assessments are given frequently and are based off of what was learned during that specific lesson or class, rather than the unit as a whole. Types of formative assessments include exit tickets, hand signals, and concept maps.

5. Show & Tell: This strategy occurs at the beginning of a lesson for a short period of time. Teachers will "show" their students by providing them with information and showing them how to do something. For instance, if a teacher was doing a a show and tell about dogs, he or she may tell her students about his or her dog and then show them how to research dogs online. Once that is completed, the teacher will then tell her students what they need to do and how they can do this.


Educational Philosophy Resources

Best Practices

Kagan Structure

Maintaining good communication with students and their parents

Cooperative Group Work

Assessing student's on a daily/ weekly basis through formative assessments

Treating all student's equally

Allowing student's to help make classroom decisions and create the rules in the classroom

Encouragement and Positive feedback

Allowing student's to complete assignments at their own pace

Putting the agenda on the board daily

Look at the overarching idea or essential questions before teaching a lesson; having a goal of what you want your student's to learn in mind



Louisiana Department of Education is a vital website that is home to all of the educational standards in Louisiana. Teachers should use this website when creating their lesson plans to find an overarching idea or standard and an essential question that they can base their lesson off of. Without this website, teachers would not know what they are required to teach.

Edutopia caters towards the teachers needs, in that it allows a teachers to learn all about how a classroom functions. This website includes videos, blogs, and other articles that help a teacher better manage their classroom.

Reading Rockets is a wonderful tool for teachers that have emergent readers in their classrooms. This website not only helps teachers find the appropriate books to read to their students, but it focuses on struggling readers and how they can improve their literacy skills.

Brainpop provides a wide array of short clips in various topics that specifically attend to visual learners. These clips come in a variety of languages such as English, Spanish, and French. They also tend to many different ages and are also a great hook for a lesson.

Scholastic online provides teachers with countless lesson plans as well as student activities and tools that teachers can use in the classroom. This website is outstanding because it focuses both on the student and the teacher and works for students in pre-k all the way through eight grade.

Core Standards is an outstanding source that discusses all aspects of the common core. Specifically, it focuses on three concepts: the importance of the common core, how the common core was created, and an exploration of the standards used in each grade. I highly suggest this website for those looking to learn all about the common core and why it is used and so highly effective in the classroom.

I used this website to help me form my individualized lesson plan which is focused on punctuation. Although I did not use the exact lesson plans this website provided, it helped me to form my own plan. This source is great for those looking for inspiration in their lesson plans.

The website Casel talks about all of the aspects of social and emotional learning. It provides individuals with information on what the term means, the research behind it, and how and where it can be used. In addition, Casel gives its viewers an additional list of resources that talk more about Social and Emotional Learning and its uses. All teachers should be familiar with this website as social and emotional learning is a vital aspect in creating an effective classroom.

Professional Articles in Journals:

Journal: Journal of Educational Psychology
Article: Beyond the Pages of a Book: Interactive Book Reading and Language Development in Preschool Classrooms

I found this article particularly interesting because although not formally stated, it discusses information necessary to understand why readers are at different levels and how we can help those emergent readers catch up to the rest of their peers. Through a technique known as interactive book reading, teachers have the ability to improve their students literacy. Not only does this technique focus on learning how to read but it also hones in on concepts of print, print awareness, and many other important topics. Personally, this article stood out to me because I am currently doing my service learning with pre-k students. I have seen firsthand how teachers have been able to improve their students literacy skills through interactive book reading.

Journal: Journal of Teacher education

I do not think one article can sum up what we have learned throughout the semester, better than this one. The Journal of Teacher Education is an outstanding source that provides teachers with basic, yet necessary information they need to know about their classroom. For instance, this article in particular mentions cultural diversity, classroom management, and culturally responsive pedagogy. These three concepts, along with other concepts such as differentiated learning are all present in the Journal of Teacher Education. I highly suggest this source for individuals aspiring to be teachers, as it covers all of the aspects of being a teacher.


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