Competency 8

Active Learning & Motivation

Abilities & Environments


  • Be sure to have groups prepared before beginning a lesson!
  • Be sure to group low and high support students together.
  • If one group is made up of same level students, achievement decreases.

Types of Learning Environments

· Competitive: Use when specific skills are needed or to motivate stu­dents, but not recommended!

· Individualistic: Use when time is important or teaching gifted or lower-achieving students a special skill.

· Cooperative: Use when you want students to learn more and learn ef­fective social skills.

Teaching Models

There are MANY different models used for teaching. Each one is beneficial with different groups of students, different subject areas, or different themes. The jigsaw model is one (as mentioned above).

  • Direct Instruction models
  1. Expository
  2. Mastery
  3. Memory
  4. Lecture


  • Indirect Instruction Models- teacher works with the students
  1. Concept Attainment
  2. Reciprocal Teaching
  3. Discussion (Whole Class)
  4. Directed Reading/Thinking Activity
  5. Inquiry
  6. Deduction
  7. Induction
  8. Think, Pair, Share


  • Cooperative Learning Models- students work together

  1. Student Teams Achievement Division
  2. Jigsaw
  3. Teams-Games Tournament
  4. Teams-Assisted Individualization

Summing it up!

ENGAGE your students! This competency is all about being active in your learning. Being active in learning makes learning more fun and naturally motivating! Work in pairs, work in groups, use manipulatives, think outside of the box, be innovative, be creative, be different, and most importantly, be YOU!
Active Learners sing-along