The purpose of the instructional delivery standard is to ensure that students receive instruction that is delivered effectively and in a manner that allows content mastery. Effective instructional delivery means that the teacher will build on existing knowledge, differentiate instruction, and incorporate technology into lessons. The primary goal of instructional delivery is to ensure that educators have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide students with effective instruction. The central objective of the instructional delivery standard, is determining a teacher’s proficiency in effective delivery of content knowledge.
Accessing Prior Knowledge
Providing students with a meaningful and relevant lesson is advantageous for their learning. Accessing background knowledge, and drawing experiences from both real life, and other subject areas, helps students to conceptualize new topics. I access background knowledge and draw comparisons throughout my lessons. I sometimes include short anecdotal snippets that illustrate a concept. There are many ways to determine a student’s background knowledge, the chart to the right shows some of the ways. I incorporate whole class (see below) and individual KWL charts into my teaching.
Multiple Intelligences and Hands on Learning
Students have different learning styles, meaning they will all learn differently. In order to keep students involved and engaged in lessons, teachers employ various techniques to ensure that they are instructing to multiple learning styles. Teachers have resources such as Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory, to aid in determining and instructing the various learning styles within a classroom.
Through the implementation of differentiation, teachers reach multiple learning styles and ability levels simultaneously, encouraging content mastery for all.
I incorporate many hands on, experiential learning opportunities for my students. For example, (see middle photograph below) after we visited the pumpkin patch, we completed a Pumpkin Investigation worksheet, and dissected our class pumpkin.
Technology can elevate a lesson, it can move concepts from abstract to concrete, and provide a three dimensional quality. Technology can activate imaginations and make lofty concepts tangible. Through the incorporation of the smartboard, document camera, laptops, apps, photographs, videos and more, students experience relevant and authentic learning.
Technology has become a fun part of word study. Students use 12 spelling words to complete either the rainbow words activity, or the fancy words activity.