There are many ways to provide teacher input other than lecture. During this section of the training, you will explore some of these different ideas. You will then have the opportunity to create a sample lesson based on one of these strategies and share with others.

As you watch this video, check out the strategy she uses for breaking down a tough concept.
This is an alternative to direct instruction for teacher input.

Step 1
Using the card provided on your table, take about 15 minutes to look through the strategies listed on your card. They can be found by clicking on the link below. Once on the site, the strategies are alphabetized.

60 Student-Centered Teaching Strategies

Step 2
Choose a strategy (from those listed on your card) that corresponds with the topic your group has been assigned.

1. What is a pronoun and how do you use it?
2. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
3. The Pythagorean Theorem
4. The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Step 3
Design the teacher input section of a lesson using the topic assigned to your group and the strategy you chose.

Step 4
Share your lesson idea with the group by putting information into the Google Doc table. Click on the link associated with your topic to go to the Google Doc for your group. Make sure you choose a row where no one else is working. There will be several groups working on the same topics.

Click on your topic below to be taken to the Google Doc where you will share your idea.

1. What is a pronoun and how do you use it?
2. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
3. The Pythagorean Theorem
4. The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Additional Resources

Activity: Take a few minutes to explore the resources below. How could these be used for teacher input in lieu of direct instruction?

Primary Sources:
Learning From Primary Sources: Guides for Students
Documents Analysis Templates

Scavenger Hunt:
  • Paper and pencil - Position several different resources around the room that you want your students to use to learn the topic for the day. Create task cards that will take them to different locations around the room. GIve each student (or pairs/groups, depending on how many different locations around the room there are) a task card to direct them to one of the locations. Once they have completed the task on that card, they will then pick up the next task card that is located at that station. You will need as many copies of the task cards as there are students and/or pairs/groups. Once the students have completed all tasks, they can then return to their seats to process what they just learned.
  • Click here for a sample template for task cards.
  • Click here for a sample scavenger hunt response sheet.
QR code based (great for students with tablets)

Have students do experiments or have discussions to find what they think are the answers. This gives them a context to connect to when you introduce new material.

Allow students to use infographics to search for information and learn about a new topic. Explore some infographics here!

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“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."