Methods of Instruction
Builder 1: Practice on Individual Tactics
To be developed.
Skill Builder 2: Synthesis: Sample
"Bernoulli's Principle" by Changhsu Liu
The following is a sample lesson that shows the use of the strategies
and tactics you have just studied.
Working alone or preferably with a colleague, study the lesson carefully
and label all tactics in the margin. See if you can spot any weaknesses
or ways to improve the effectiveness of the lesson, and discuss them. Also
try to identify what you think contributes most to the effectiveness and
appeal of the lesson.
For each tactic you identify, think up a different way that tactic could
have been implemented, and discuss it.
Look at the test and compare it to the practice. Are the two sets of items
interchangeable? Would there be any problems with repeating an item from
the practice in the test? Would there be anything wrong with asking the
learners to state the definition as a test item? Would there be any problems
with using an example as a practice item? Were all the important dimensions
of divergence included? Try to reach consensus on these issues.
Discuss what instructional tactics could be deleted if the difficulty level
was a 1 instead of a 3 (i.e., if the students' prior knowledge and ability
were such that the concept was very easy for them to learn).