chapter  10
14 Pages

Instructional Practices

WithTimothy D. Green, Loretta C. Donovan, Jody Peerless Green

Computer-based technology began to be a fixture in PK-12 education in the 1970s. The focus at that time was primarily on learning about technology and how it worked. Technology availability in classrooms was relatively limited. There are several terms that are used in PK-12 that describe approaches that one use as educators to facilitate teaching and learning. The terms that quickly come to mind are instructional methods, instructional models, instructional practices, instructional strategies, and instructional techniques. Educator use the term instructional practices as an umbrella term that includes various elements dealing with how educators approach facilitating teaching and learning. Instructional skills are “simple or less complex” methods such as “Framing Questions, Using Wait Time, Sharing the Objective and Purpose of the Lesson, Responding to an Incorrect Response, and Suspending Judgement”. Educator have witnessed through the years a number of instructional practices (and technologies) that have spread with abandon throughout PK-12.