Monthly Archives: May 2012

Literature Circles

What are Literature Circles? “In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and … Continue reading

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What is Lecture? Lecture is a valuable part of a teacher’s instructional repertoire if it is not used when other methods would be more effective. If the presenter is knowledgeable, perceptive, engaging, and motivating, then lecture can stimulate reflection, challenge … Continue reading

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Learning Logs

What are Learning Logs ? Learning logs are a simple and straightforward way to help students integrate content, process, and personal feelings. Learning logs operate from the stance that students learn from writing rather than writing what they have learned. … Continue reading

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Learning Contracts

What are Learning Contracts ? Learning contracts provide a method of individualizing instruction and developing student responsibility. They permit individual pacing so that students may learn at the rate at which they are able to master the material. Learning contracts … Continue reading

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What is K-W-L? Know – Want to Know – Learned K-W-L is an introductory strategy that provides a structure for recalling what students know about a topic, noting what students want to know, and finally listing what has been learned … Continue reading

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Journal Writing

What is Journal Writing? Journal writing is a learning tool based on the ideas that students write to learn. Students use the journals to write about topics of personal interest, to note their observations, to imagine, to wonder and to … Continue reading

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Journal Writing Prompts

 If I were the teacher, I would… If I could give one piece of advice to any person in history, that advice would be… Describe a dream that you had recently. Provide as many details as possible. The best lesson … Continue reading

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What is Jigsaw? Jigsaw is a cooperative learning strategy that enables each student of a “home” group to specialize in one aspect of a learning unit. Students meet with members from other groups who are assigned the same aspect, and … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinary Approach

What is the Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning? This approach to teaching requires planning that looks at the foundational objectives of a number of curriculum areas. Connecting curriculum in the interdisciplinary approach is an efficient way to help teachers … Continue reading

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What is Inquiry? Inquiry learning provides opportunities for students to experience and acquire processes through which they can gather information about the world. This requires a high level of interaction among the learner, the teacher, the area of study, available … Continue reading

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