Pedagogical Techniques

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Urban Curriculum - Information relating  to the use of various pedagogical techniques in the curriculum

ThinkerTools Inquiry Curricula –   A research group's method that involves metacognition (students thinking about their own thinking), creating inquiry goals and conceptual models


Journal Articles:

Simulation Games: One more Tool on the Pedagogical Shelf 


Report of the educational use of games - An exploration by TEEM of the contribution games can make to education

Teachers' Pedagogical Content Beliefs in Mathematics 


Modeling as a Pedagogical Technique in the Art and Life of China A look at the moral development that takes place in art education through use of modeling techniques 







There are many more great resources out there to add to our understanding and use of different pedagogical techniques in education. More to come! 



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Pedagogical Techniques 

 This is just the means to your teaching: in other words...

How are you going to teach it? 

What teaching and learning styles will you employ?

You know that your content is important. You know that you may need to prepare your students for state exams, standardized testing, and evaluations, so you may feel like you do not have the liberty and time to experiment with new techniques, however, some of these methods may be easily integrated into your classroom without taking too much time away.

The techniques you utilize can range from Interactive Lectures to Field Labs to Peer Review and more... and these techniques can help to engage the students and provide them with an innovative and critical thinking learning experience!

Students in the inner city are in need of strong, qualified teachers that have a variety of pedagogical techniques up their sleeve. These students are our leaders of tomorrow, so we want them to walk away with a comprehensive, multi-faceted educaton that truly engages their minds.


Through the use of metaphors and analogies, a teacher can help the student to understand concepts. The teacher can also provide visual models and charts to show the information in another form. In addition to providing these alternate comparisons for the student to make a connection, the student can learn from observing a teacher's technique, then practicing it themselves.

Inquiry & Reflection


Simulation games 

The use of software and educational games can create a degree of egagement greatly beneficial to learning. Not only will it add the element of "fun" to the students, but it will help them to see the material and concepts in a different way, potentially improving retention of material.


Peer Review 

Students take a look at, provide feedback and give recommendations for the work of others in the class. Where peer review seems to happen at the adminstrative and state levels in review of schools and their practices, it is a great technique to use in the middle and high school classrooms.  


Hands-on Learning

Experiential learning provides the benefit of allowing the students to "do" and directly experiment. They will be able to utilize critical thinking skills and deductive reasoning through the process of determining outcomes of observations and experimentation. When they do it themselves, this empowers them and gives them more of a hand in their education.





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