Spotlight On Strategies articles

SOS Story: Lauri Vitale

SOS Story: Lauri Vitale

Lauri Vitale shares how she used SOS: They Said What? and SOS Multiple Perspectives to help her students look at historical events through several different viewpoints.

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When students know how to ask their own questions, they take greater ownership of their learning, deepen comprehension, and make new connections. QFT (Question Formulation Technique ) is a teaching strategy that helps students produce their own questions, improve them, and strategize on how to use them. The technique can be used with students of all ages.

Learning is: Exposing Misconceptions in Math

Learning is: Exposing Misconceptions in Math Visit Mrs Harach’s  grade 7 class in Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in using an SOS in their Math class The Big Idea Mrs Harach uses Discovery Education’s SOS  to facilitate student learning in Structures Mathematics. Students have utilized the

SOS Top Ten for Social Studies

Whether you are asking students to analyze a historical photograph, order events in a chronological progression, or compare primary source documents written during a specific time period, teaching social studies means immersing students in learning about people and their relationships with one another and the world. The Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) series offers many opportunities for students to investigate different perspectives, explore new ideas, and develop understanding of the progression of events over time.

Learning in 360: Exploring Engineering in Grade 3

Learning is: Allowing Students to Explore and Make Connections to Others Visit Mr Cote’s grade3 class in Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in their study of forces within their Engineering Unit. The Big Idea Mr Cote uses Science Techbook to facilitate his students’ learning on Structures

SOS: Pause and Play

Watching a video for academic reasons is very different than watching a video for entertainment. Just pressing the play button does not ensure that students will understand or learn. Students need to apply comprehension strategies to make sense of material they watch, in much the same way as they do when they read written text. Pause & Play works just like it sounds: you use both pause and play when sharing a video segment with your students. This simple yet powerful process directs students to focus on understanding the content presented by the video. It provides them with multiple opportunities to fix up and monitor their comprehension before they engage in discussion and synthesis of the material.