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Instructional Patterns

Instructional Patterns
Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning

December 2005 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I like the mix of theory and research background with thorough descriptions of classroom use (vignettes) and how-to's."
—Teresa Secules, Piedmont College

Instructional Patterns:  Strategies for Maximizing Student Learning examines instruction from the learners' point of view by showing how instructional patterns can be used to maximize the potential for students to learn. This book explores the interactive patterns that exist in today's classroom and demonstrates how teachers can facilitate the interactivity of these patterns to match their goals for student learning. These interactive patterns are reinforced through the incorporation of medical, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience research.  

This unique book will serve as a core text for undergraduate and graduate courses in K-12 General Teaching Methods, Middle School and Secondary Teaching Methods, Elementary Teaching Methods, or Instruction and Assessment.        

Key Features 
  • Guides students in differentiating instructional practices to meet the needs of all students, as well as in the practical issues of instruction 
  • Details interactive instructional patterns that include teacher centered patterns, teacher-student interactive patterns, and student-centered patterns. 

Instructor Resources on CD contains PowerPoint® slides, test questions (includes Multiple Choice, Short Answer, and Essay format) and answers, lecture outlines, teaching activities, Web resources, and sample syllabi.  

A web-based Student Study Site provides e-flashcards, links to standards from U.S. states, standards based project, Web resources, and access to full-text articles in SAGE journals related to the text.

Chapter 1: Where We’ve Been, What We Know, and Where We’re Going
Chapter 2: Confluent Forces and Differentiated Instructional Practices
Chapter 3: Developing the Lesson Methodology
Chapter 4: Classroom Organization and Management
Chapter 5: Classroom Assessment and Accountability
Chapter 6: Direct Instruction
Chapter 7: Mastery Learning
Chapter 8: Cooperative Learning
Chapter 9: Role Play
Chapter 10: Nondirective Teaching
Chapter 11: Self-taught Instruction
Chapter 12: Thinking Patterns
Chapter 13: Memorization
Chapter 14: Attaining Concepts
Chapter 15: Inquiry

"The book is extremely practical, with 4 of 6 main parts directly related to teaching and learning. The "Learning Tenets" is chapters 6-15 are important supportive material for each strategy from the student's point of view, which is learning! these show how to maximize student potential and that's the emphasis in today's schools with today's students! I like the segments of Summary, Thought to Action, On Your Own, and, especially the Educator Biography which brings people to life for students, making what's being studied more meaningful."

Margie Theobald
Southeast Missouri State University
Secondary Education

"Dr. Holt, I'm thoroughly enjoying using your book to teach EDG 6236 this summer. I find the content to be extremely current and "in line" with what is going on in schools today. You've done an excellent job providing supplemental materials as well. I use the lecture outline every week. I've also used many of the test questions for the mid term.One of my students commented: "everyone enjoys this class so much.. we actually look forward to it." When I asked him why, he said, "the stuff we learn in here is actually useful and applicable to our jobs and our degree." I find that in large part, this is due to the content that is contained in your text. As a first time professor in this course, I rely heavily on the text and I feel fortunate to have such a great reference."

AnaLynn Jones
Seminole County PK Central Cluster

“I like the mix of theory and research background with thorough descriptions of classroom use (vignettes) and how-to’s.”

Teresa Secules
Piedmont College
Key features
  • Supported by a strong research anchor
  • Presents evidence of the research that supports the instructional strategies presented
  • Clearly explains how each instructional strategy is supported by the learning tenets that maximize student learning.  
  • Thought into Action feature provides practical applications of the ideas presented in each chapter  
  • Each chapter contains a scenario that provides an example of the strategy in action  
  • Includes an assessment feature that explains strategies for assessing learners using the instructional strategies described in each chapter
  • Each chapter includes a section on technology to inform readers about how technology has influenced the instructional strategies
  • Student Web site
  • Instructor Resource CD includes video clips of instructional strategies in practice.

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