Category: Teaching Strategy

Authentic Learning – A Teaching Strategy

Teach authentic learning with these free vacation planner printables.What is an authentic learning task?

Authentic learning provides tasks that allow students to learn through real-life situations. Students apply what they have learned in class to realistic circumstances. Often students go outside the classroom. This could include field trips.

For example, students studying finance may visit a business to see how it operates. Students then evaluate the practices the business uses. This aids in a simulation where students create a mock business.

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Academic and Testing Vocabulary

What is an academic vocabulary?

Academic vocabulary consists of words that are not commonly used or frequently encountered in everyday conversation. These words include specialized content vocabulary for specific subjects such as reading/language art, science, social studies, or math. Academic vocabulary also includes terms found on standardized tests.  When students understand testing vocabulary, test scores go up. By teaching test vocabulary and how the words look in different forms on a test, students feel better prepared and more confident on test day.

When to Teach Words

When preparing units of study such as novel studies, add four to five academic vocabulary words in with the novel specific words. Select words based on the skills taught during the unit of study.  Continue reading

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D Reading and Thinking Strategy

The D Reading and Thinking Strategy provides students with a method for narrowing down research topics into manageable amounts.

D Reading and Thinking Strategy Anchor Chart

Literally hundreds of teaching strategies have been devised. Here is a great hook activity for a topic you plan to study. Continue reading

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Inverted Pyramid Story

Teach students how to writing inverted pyramid stories with these free printables.What is an Inverted Pyramid Story?

News reporters use Inverted Pyramid Stories to relay information quickly to readers. Both newspapers and web writers use this approach. News is written in order of importance. The most essential information is placed in the lead paragraph. The purpose for writing using this method is to give the reader the most important information first. The reader will understand the story even if he stops reading after a few lines. Continue reading

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Choice Boards (Think-Tac-Toe, BINGO, Menus, RAFT, & 1-3-5)

Free Choice Board TemplatesChoice Boards

(Think-Tac-Toe, BINGO, Menus, RAFT, and 1-3-5)

Units of study that provide students with the option to choose tasks is a great way to differentiate instruction. Activities are placed on graphic organizers for students to select. Tasks may be organized based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, the complexity of the tasks, learning styles, or multiple intelligence.

Some advantages include —

    • The teacher can easily tier challenges based on the level of learners.
    • Students become actively engaged because they are more interested in the tasks. 

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Learning Log – A Teaching Strategy

Enjoy these free printables to teach students how to create learning logs.What is a Learning Log?

A learning log is a specialized type of journal. Unlike typical journals, students record responses to the material they are learning.

Learning logs may include:

    • Concept Webs
    • Semantic Maps
    • Semantic Feature Analysis
    • Lists of Unanswered Questions Students Have
    • Observations for Experiments
    • Teaching Strategies

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Semantic Feature Analysis – A Teaching Strategy

Teach semantic feature analysis with these free printables including ones for the novel The Westing Game..What is Semantic Feature Analysis?

Semantic feature analysis (SFA) uses a grid to help students visualize how topics are related to one another. Learners complete the grid to see connections between items, make predictions, or categorize topics.  Continue reading

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