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SOS Story: Shelby Bailey

SOS Story: Shelby Bailey

Learn how Shelby Bailey helps 5th grade students master math concepts with SOS ABC Summary and SOS Paper Slide.

Creating a Classroom Culture of Kindness and Respect During Discussions and Debate

instructional strategies for encouraging constructive discussions even during difficult conversations. These curated ideas from the popular Spotlight on Strategies series encourage self-discipline during classroom discussions, citing evidence when asserting opinions, and persevering even when disagreements arise.

SOS: LOL

The development of humor parallels Piaget’s stages of cognitive development. In the same way that physical play strengthens bodies, word play develops a child’s mind. To understand humor, a student must learn new things about words or logical relationships. Students of all ages expand their senses of humor as they recognize that the meaning of words can be ambiguous and that words and phrases may sound alike yet have different connotations. Jokes and riddles stimulate intellectual growth. (Chiasson, 2002) In this strategy, students will create a meme using images to help explain the joke or riddle or bring comprehension to the humor.

SOS: DIY Reader’s Theater

Reader’s Theater is a fun and accessible way to bring dramatic presentation into your classroom. This technique helps your students understand what they read, demonstrate reading fluency, and work collaboratively. In DIY Reader’s Theater, students are write their own scripts from different types of fiction or non-fiction reading passages.

SOS: Three Questions

This strategy allows students the opportunity to ask three questions, leading them into their own learning through deeper investigation. Introduced by Trace Dominguez at DENSI 2015, this strategy reinforces the concept that when students generate their own questions about a story, text, problem, or topic, it piques student interest and gives purpose for reading or research thus driving learning through inquiry.

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