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|A think-aloud is a brief and targeted segment of instruction that models metacognitive thinking. It allows your students to see into your brain to analyze the reasons behind the learning actions and decisions you make. Although generally considered a reading strategy, a think-aloud is a useful strategy for any content area where teaching of explicit skills is needed, including hands-on investigation.
The most effective think-alouds are not spontaneous; they are planned in advance. When you plan a think-aloud, you should consider both academic goals you have for your students and the type of media that you want to use as your content. Short pieces of text, simple math problems, examples of scientific procedures, an image, or even a short video segment all work well.
| Materials: Discovery Education media (reading passage or transcript, video segment, image, math problem, or science interactive)
|This strategy gives students insight into how experts navigate complex texts and supports students in incorporating and integrating academic knowledge. Keep in mind that it is better to deliver a short but effective think-aloud than one that serves only to confuse the learner with too many details. Select the most important concepts as the focus for your think-alouds.|