Tag: General Teaching Strategies

Learning Log – A Teaching Strategy

Learning Logs

A learning log is a specialized type of journal. Unlike typical journals, students record responses to the educational material they are learning. This type of journal helps students reflect more deeply on the material they are learning. Learning logs may include: Concept Webs Semantic Maps Semantic Feature Analysis Lists of Unanswered Questions Students Have Observations …

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Reintroducing Classroom Collaboration

Reintroducing-Collaboration in the Classroom

Teaching students classroom collaboration is such an important part of teaching. It doesn’t matter if teachers are trying to prepare students for today’s workplace or just how to get along with others; students need to be proficient collaborators. Educators recognize this skill as so important that the Common Core State Standards has a category under …

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Strategies for Higher-Order Thinking Skills

Higher Order Thinking Skills

Educational trends seem to change almost yearly. One year ‘this method’ is the best thing ever invented. The next year ‘this method’ has lost its appeal, and a new idea is a must-try. However, the one trend that has remained constant year after year is higher-order thinking skills (HOTS). HOTS encourages learners to go far …

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Classroom Displays

Classroom Displays

Are you looking for some creative ways to display things in your classroom? Word cards, teaching standards, and even student work can clutter up a classroom in no time flat. These classroom displays will have you thinking ‘out of the box.’ Classroom Displays Idea #1 – Pocket Charts  Creating pocket charts from wrapping paper and …

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Collaborative Discussions

Ground Rules During Classroom Discussions

Classroom discussions are an important part of learning. The Common Core State Standards, address discussions under the Speaking & Listening strands. This list shows the main standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing …

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10 Memorization Techniques for Students

Memorization Techniques

Are your students having difficulty memorizing information for tests? Learning steps in a process, lists, or simple facts can be a challenge for most students. Try some of these memorization techniques. They will make a difference. Some facts must be memorized in a specific order. Name mnemonics and acrostics as well as using the Method …

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Ways to Teach Students to Follow Directions

Help Students Follow Directions

Teaching students to listen carefully to instructions can be a real challenge. Below you will find some procedures for following directions that require practice for students to understand and know what is expected. Following the procedures is a list of activities including printables to use to help improve following instructions skills. Procedure #1 – Gaining Attention …

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