Teaching & Learning Strategies, Concepts, and Terms That Every Teacher Must Know: Letter J

To be considered a competent educator, there are almost 2000 strategies, concepts, and terms that you must know. However, since teachers wear so many hats, who has the time to learn them all? Don’t worry; we have you covered. In this series, we will discuss all the teaching and learning strategies, concepts, and terms that you need to know to be considered an effective educator. There are over 70 articles in this series, so pace yourself. We recommend reading one piece per weekday, which will allow you to complete the series in three to four months. We hope you enjoy it.

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Jargon Stage The babble of a young child that contains the intonation of adult speech.

Joint Attending When the caregiver provides the child with the label for an object while both are viewing it, assisting the child with organizing the world.

Joint Attention The process in with two or more students simultaneously pursues a common goal.

Joint Attention The use of eye contact, affect and gestures to create a shared experience with another person. Joint attention is considered fundamental to social functioning and is often researched by clinicians who work with children who may be at-risk for being on the autism spectrum.

Jones Model In a 1979 study, Frederick Jones found that nearly 50% of teaching time was wasted due to children’s misbehavior, of which approximately 80% was spent talking in class. Jones suggested that teachers could work on not losing the valuable time by implementing the following techniques: set limits, effective body language, incentive systems, and resourceful help. Setting limits will help students know what to do in every situation, from small matters like pencil sharpening to big matters like being sick. By setting limits, teachers allow students to find their ways of dealing with situations without major disruptions to other students.

Journals An informal writing tool which allows students to summarize, respond to, or further explore their ideas about what they have read.

Junior A student who is enrolled in the third year of their high school or college education

Juxtapositioning Texts A technique that uses multiple texts to shed light on several perspectives on a given topic. Groups of students each read a different text and discuss it. When finished, the students are placed into new groups so that each text is now represented in the new group.

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