Monthly Archives: May 2013

Writing to Inform

What is Writing to Inform? Writing that reports information to others can vary greatly in content and format. Many learning experiences culminate in expository or informative writing activities. Students must have opportunities to read a variety of resources and printed … Continue reading

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Word Walls

What are Word Walls? A word wall is an organized collection of words prominently displayed in a classroom. This display is used as an interactive tool for teaching reading and spelling to children. There are many different types of word … Continue reading

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What is Webbing? Webbing is a method of visually representing relationships among ideas, concepts or events. During this procedure, ideas and information are explored and organized. The resulting web or pattern of relationships is determined by the participants’ knowledge and … Continue reading

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Visual Imaging

What is Visual Imaging? The practice of imaging or mentally visualizing objects, events or situations is a powerful process that assists students to construct meaning as they listen and read. As students read and listen to others, they incorporate their … Continue reading

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Think, Pair, Share

What is Think, Pair, Share? Think-Pair-Share is a strategy designed to provide students with “food for thought” on a given topics enabling them to formulate individual ideas and share these ideas with another student. It is a learning strategy developed … Continue reading

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Structured Overview

What is Structured Overview? Structured Overview is verbal, visual or written summary or outline of a topic. It can occur at the beginning of a unit, module or new concept, or it may be used to help relate a learned … Continue reading

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Structured Controversy

What is Structured Controversy? Using structured controversy in the classroom can take many forms. In its most typical form, you select a specific problem. The closer the problem is to multiple issues central to the course the better. This strategy … Continue reading

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What are Simulations? A simulation is a form of experiential learning. Simulations are instructional scenarios where the learner is placed in a “world” defined by the teacher. They represent a reality within which students interact. The teacher controls the parameters … Continue reading

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Self Monitoring Strategies

What are Self Monitoring Strategies? Self-monitoring strategies are plans used to increase independence in academic, behavioral, self-help, and social areas. What is its purpose? In reading, the ability to self-monitor meaning enables students to select and use strategies to improve … Continue reading

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Science Olympics

What are Science Olympics? It is a series of problem solving events that are fun to do and require students to apply their knowledge of science in creative ways. Students work in teams rather than individually. What is its purpose? … Continue reading

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