Category: Teaching Strategy

Authentic Learning – A Teaching Strategy

Authentic Learning – A Teaching Strategy 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 …

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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 …

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D Reading and Thinking Strategy

D Reading and Thinking Strategy Literally hundreds of teaching strategies have been devised. Here is a great hook activity for a topic you plan to study. 1. Devise Ask students to brainstorm a general topic that you plan to study in the near future. Students will devise a list of everything they know about the …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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