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Innovative Teaching Techniques with Yasha Chapman

We have a very special guest joining us today, Yasha Chapman. In this episode, we will discuss creating engaging learning experiences for students. This topic is very close to the hearts of educators and new teachers alike. Whether you are an experienced teacher or just starting, get ready to gain some insightful tips and practical advice from our discussion.

Getting to Know Yasha:

Let's take a moment to get to know Yasha Chapman before we delve into instruction and content. Yasha is originally from Savannah, Georgia, and is a military spouse. Her educational journey has taken her across the nation, and as an instructional coach and educational consultant, she shares her extensive experience and knowledge with schools and organizations. Yasha specializes in training new teachers and instructional coaches, providing valuable insights to help them succeed.

Innovative Teaching Experiences:

Yasha emphasizes

  • Know your students and understand their likes, dislikes, and interests.

  • Incorporating these elements into lessons creates bridges that connect students to the content.

  • Suggests an exploration process in lesson planning, encouraging hands-on engagement, visuals, and productive struggle.

Moving Beyond the Textbook:

The conversation shifts to strategies for moving beyond textbooks' regularly scheduled programming. Yasha suggests planning field trips, bringing guest speakers, and exploring interactive simulations. She advocates for incorporating documentaries, podcasts, audiobooks, and leveraging technology to enrich the learning experience.

Adaptations and Modifications:

For new teachers seeking strategies for adapting instruction to meet individual student needs, Yasha emphasizes the importance of using data strategically. Being data-informed allows teachers to target specific groups and tailor modifications and adaptations to ensure students meet their goals.

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone:

Addressing new teachers' concerns about stepping out of their comfort zones, Yasha encourages them to bring their personalities into the classroom. Teachers can create a unique and engaging learning environment without feeling uncomfortable by incorporating personal gifts and talents.

Developing Quality Instruction:

Yasha provides valuable insights into developing coherent and quality instruction. She highlights the importance of structured lesson plans, clear communication, concise instructions, and modeling expectations. Using data to inform instructional decisions and being self-reflective are key components of effective teaching.

Connect with Yasha Chapman:

To connect with Yasha Chapman and learn more about her work, visit her website at Elementary Education Evolved. 

As we wrap up this episode, we've gained valuable insights into creating engaging learning experiences, moving beyond textbooks, adapting instruction, and developing quality teaching practices. Thank you to Yasha Chapman for sharing her expertise and passion for education.

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