Essay on Integrated Strategies: Best and Worst Case Scenarios

Jaylord Losabia, in his article “Principles of Teaching: Integrative Teaching Strategies” (2010), defines Integrative teaching as teaching that focuses on connections rather teaching isolated facts with the aim of connecting what is learned in school to the outside lives of students. Integrative teaching also considers learners’ individual differences to include multiple intelligences and learning styles. Cognitive, behavioral and affective domains in teaching should be balanced.
Sagepub has published a PDF with extensive ideas on how to incorporate integrative teaching ideas into practice: http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/11697_G08.pdf, organized into the central concepts listed below:
– Collective Attempt to Find the Answer to a Fundamental Question/Issue.
– Learn a Concept by Seeing Examples of It.
– Students Work Together in a Mixed-Ability Group of 4 Students to Accomplish a Task.
– Simulations
– Individualized Instruction

Best Case Scenario: Through the use of integrated strategies, the teacher finds ways to reach students with learning differences (identified or not), even if their output is not necessarily the same as the other students.

Worst Case Scenario: The teacher does not utilize integrated strategies (instead does lecture and independent/small group work-style instruction) and does not have time to spend the time needed to help learning-challenged students be successful. The students languish and cause a significant amount of behavioral challenges.

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