Category Archive: Teaching Strategy

Feb 15

Inverted Pyramid Story

Inverted Pyramid Story 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 …

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Jan 18

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

Choice 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. …

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Dec 21

Learning Log – A Teaching Strategy

Learning Log – A Teaching Strategy 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 Why Use …

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Nov 16

Semantic Feature Analysis – A Teaching Strategy

Semantic Feature Analysis – A Teaching Strategy 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.  When to Use SFA Use semantic feature analysis any time students …

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Oct 19

Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy

Semantic Maps – A Teaching Strategy What are Semantic Maps? Like concept webs, semantic webs are a visual organizer that help students structure information. Usually semantic maps are slightly more complex than concept webs.  When to Use Semantic Maps Semantic maps may be used for thousands of skills. Try these ideas: character traits — Students …

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Sep 20

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy   Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students. What is a Concept Web? Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information. To create …

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Aug 10

Four Corners – A Teaching Strategy

What is Four Corners? Four Corners is a teaching strategy that provides students with the opportunity to discuss controversial topics. The teacher asks students a question or provides a debatable statement. Students then express their opinion to the topic by moving into groups with students who have similar opinions. How to Implement this Strategy The teacher …

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Jun 01

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3

Making Connections with Text Lesson #3 This is the third of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed the first two lessons you can find them here: Lesson #1 Lesson #2 In this lesson students will read the story of Aladdin and make connections to the text. The Lesson Aladdin Story Included …

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May 25

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2

Making Connections with Text Lesson #2 This is the second of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ If you missed Lesson #1, you can see it here. In this lesson students are going to do the following: read The Town Mouse and the County Mouse write statements that make connections related to the text …

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May 18

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1

Making Connections with Text Lesson #1 This is the first of three lessons on teaching ‘Making Connections with Text.’ Teaching students to make connections between previous knowledge, experiences, and emotions and the text they are reading, will — help the reader become more involved with the text improve attention span when reading enhance understanding of …

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