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Teaching, Skill Building, and Assessment Strategies
Learning Lingo

Learning Lingo

Term Definition Synonyms & Keyword Search Terms
active learning anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor's lecture active learning, mobile learning, experiential learning, hands-on learning
backward design a teaching method where the teacher begins with the end goal or objective and designs instruction to develop and later assess the goal or objective backwards design, UbD, understanding by design
direct instruction speaking to students to convey information teacher centered, lecture, direct instruction
experiential learning experiential learning is an approach to education that focuses on "learning by doing," on the participant's subjective experience active learning, hands-on, experiential learning
formative assessment a technique that uses questioning, without a summative assessment or grade, to inform instruction and provide the learner with timely or immediate feedback formative assessment
hands-on designing activities so that students are actively involved in the project or experiment hands on, hands-on, hands on participation, hands-on participation, hands on learning, hands-on learning, active learning, experiential learning
inquiry-based learning students arrive at an understanding of concepts by themselves and the responsibility for learning rests with them; the method encourages students to build research skills that can be used throughout their educational experience inquiry guided learning,inquiry-guided learning, inquiry based learning, inquiry-based learning
integrated projects comprehensive demonstrations of skills and knowledge learned during a unit or over time including a series of connected interdisciplinary activities involving "in class" and "out of class" time integrated projects
performance task an activity requiring a student to demonstrate what they know or can do; small in scope performance task
questioning questions around instruction to engage or assess student understanding, may be done orally or written questioning, multiple choice questions, open-ended questions, essential questions, higher order questions
reflective learning the process of internally examining and exploring an issue of concern, triggered by an experience, which creates and clarifies meaning in terms of self, and which results in a changed conceptual perspective reflective learning, reflective practice, journaling, presenting, presentation