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1. Best Teaching Practice
Best teaching practices are research-based instructional practices. They build upon background knowledge and skills. They may incorporate innovative approaches to learning, current research and trends in education, opportunities for multiple modes of learning, or technology.
Some best teaching practices and methodologies often includes:
2. Comprehensive Design
A comprehensive design incorporates all materials, resources, and procedural components necessary to achieving the learning objective.
A complete lesson would include the following components:
Engaging resources involve ways to maintain interest, attention and enthusiasm.
Resources should have multiple methods to engage learners and expect that students are involved and kept on–task. Resources should ensure that Acquisition / Application / Assimilation and Adaptation tasks are consistent and set with high expectations. When students are engaged in the learning process, real achievement takes place, and their chances to excel at what they do increase. Examples can include hands-on learning or regard of multiple intelligences.
4. Critical and Creative Thinking
Creative thinking is described as making and communicating connections to: think of many possibilities; think and experience in various ways and use different points of view; think of new and unusual possibilities; and guide in generating and selecting alternatives. Critical thinking is described as analyzing and developing possibilities to: compare and contrast many ideas; improve and refine ideas; make effective decisions and judgments; and provide a sound foundation for effective action. (Isaksen and Treffinger, 1985).
Critical thinking is supported by such methodologies as: