Strategic Instruction refers to the practice of teaching
students how to use a variety of tools and processes to learn. It is teaching
HOW to learn as well as WHAT to learn.
Research tells us that students who are successful learners have incorporated
learning strategies into their behavior. Students with learning challenges may
need to be instructed on these strategies more specifically in order to
incorporate them but in fact, ALL students benefit from strategic instruction.
Some of the specific strategies that have been shown to be successful are:
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Increasing multi-modal delivery
- means offering instruction to as many senses as possible. This includes using
a variety both high and low tech visual, auditory and physical or tactile
materials or activities to support learning. An example would be augmenting a
traditional classroom lecture with a PowerPoint presentation broken up by group
and individual learning activities.
Multimodal Lending Bank - to encourage
instructors to use multi modal teaching strategies, the
UDL project lends several technologies to instructors so
they can find the tool that best matches their teaching
style and content and meets the needs of their students.
- There are many different strategies involving mnemonics for learning and
memorization. Research tells us that the most successful ones are created by
the student because the more personalized and meaningful the mnemonic is the
more effective it will be.
Graphic Organizers - these are any kind of drawing, chart or
spatial representative of information that helps a student to learn. Graphic
organizers can be as simple as the Cornell 2-column method for taking notes to
very specific lesson plan organizers.