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Five Strategies for Developing Student Compassion in Core Instruction

Five Strategies for Developing Student Compassion in Core Instruction

Explore these curated strategies that promote kindness, compassion, and empathy from Discovery Education’s Spotlight on Strategies series, and learn more about “Discover Kindness in the Classroom” – a national partnership focusing on students’ social and emotional learning skills.

SOS Story: Hugh McDonald

The Spotlight On Strategies series is one of Discovery Education’s most popular resources. First introduced 2012, these strategies help teachers use media in effective and engaging ways in their classrooms. The best part about the SOS is that they are flexible and can be used across grade levels and content areas. We are excited for our new SOS series that spotlights teachers, showing off how they have put the SOS to work in their classrooms!

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September 2016: iOS utility apps for the classroom

As you begin another school year, I wanted to share some of my favorite iOS apps and utilities. Many of these tools can be used by you as you develop lessons and units, and by students as they utilize the resources found in the Discovery Education collection. I do my best work in coffeeshops. Besides being

SOS: Two Stars and A Wish

Numerous studies indicate that feedback is most effective when it is given immediately. Research indicates that individuals who are given immediate feedback show a significantly larger increase in performance than those who receive delayed feedback. James Pennebaker states that, “Students must be given access to information about their performance . . . At the broadest level, students need to know if they actually have mastered the material or not. Giving them information about the ways they are studying, reading, searching for information, or answering questions can be invaluable.”

SOS: Fold Draw Learn

“Drawing can improve complex reasoning, writing, and reading readiness, partly because the critical and creative faculties required to generate and appreciate art transfer cognitively to future learning experiences, and partly because the arts make learning fun: A student personally invested in his or her work will be far more likely to stick with it” (Edutopia). This strategy activates context clues and prior knowledge by allowing students to connect their drawings to concepts being learned to further develop vocabulary.

SOS: Songwriting 101

Did you know that the hit song “The Battle of New Orleans” was written by a high school principal to get his students more interested in history? Writing songs is a great way to hook students as they begin to learn about a concept, but having them write the songs is even better. Students can use public domain tunes, such as nursery rhymes or old standards, and plug in words to become scholars and rock stars!

SOS: Take a Stand

Take a Stand is a simple game that can be used in a variety of ways: use it at the beginning of a lesson as an informal pre-assessment, use it in the middle or at the end of a lesson as a review, or use it anytime as a simple get-to-know-youactivity. It encourages students to take a stand on an issue and provide evidence to back up that stand.