The word educate comes from Latin, meaning “to bring up, to rise, and to nourish, to train.” To educate is an active enterprise. In comparison, the word teach comes from German, meaning “show, declare, warn, persuade.” To teach is a more passive activity.
The difference between these words, educate and teach, has resulted in many different instructional strategies, some more active and some more passive. The teacher has the option to choose one in order to successfully deliver content.
In choosing an active or passive instructional strategy, the teacher must also consider for other factors such as subject matter, the resources available, the time allotted for the lesson, and the background knowledge of the students. What follows is a list of ten instructional strategies that can be used to deliver content regardless of grade level or subject matter.