Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge! Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.
Carol Ann Tomlinson shared, “There is ample evidence that students are more successful in school and find it more satisfying if they are taught in ways that are responsive to their readiness levels (e.g., Vygotsky, 1986), interests (e.g., Csikszentmihalyi, 1997) and learning profiles (e.g., Sternberg, Torff, & Grigorenko, 1998).” Creating activities that demonstrate one or more of these activities can be challenging, but when found are rewarding for the educator and student.
- Explain to students that today you will be watching a video segment about muscles. Though they are not to take notes during this short segment, they will be asked to draw 1 picture and describe in a few sentences something they learned.
- Begin playing the video segment Muscles: Superhuman Strength at 2:20 and stop at 5:00. (You may chose to pause the segment midway through and ask some prompting questions)
- After students have finished watching segment, have them pull out a blank sheet of paper or composition notebook. On the left hand side of the page, they will draw a picture representing something they learned and include labels. On the right hand side they should write a few sentences describing their picture or additional facts from the segment.
- Have students spend 2 minutes sharing their drawing and what they learned.
- Collect journal pages and provide feedback to students.
- Select a reading passage, audio file, or video segment that matches your current unit.
- Explain to students that they will be drawing a picture and summarizing their learning in a few sentences following their reading, listening, or watching.
- This activity allows for students with lower academic vocabulary development to write a few words, while more advanced students may choose to add a few sentences.
- Have students pair share with a neighbor to discuss their drawing and summary/facts.
- Collect journal pages and provide feedback to students
You can take the challenge by:
- Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
- Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
- Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.