Learn how teacher Hugh McDonald from Surry, British Columbia uses SOS Table Top Texting to engage students in collaborative discussions and inquiry-based learning experiences.
Leslie Pope, Curriculum Coach from Johnston County Public Schools, shares how she mashed up Visual Walkabout and Six Word Story to engage 4th grade students in learning about the Coastal Plain in North Carolina.
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret and make sense of visual information we encounter, including but not limited to information found in photographs, drawings and paintings. According to the article “Reading Images: An Introduction to Visual Literacy,” by Melissa Thibault and David Walbert, “The visually literate viewer looks at an image carefully, critically, and with an eye for the intentions of the image’s creator.”
The Spotlight on Strategies series is the perfect companion for science instruction. Budding scientists need opportunities to get hands-on through experimentation, analysis of experiment data, opportunities to synthesize multiple sources, and evaluate material they’re learning. The SOS provide creative and interactive ways to do all of these things!
The 4 C’s Visible Thinking Routine (Connections, Challenges, Concepts, and Changes) was developed in Harvard’s Project Zero. This strategy is used to help students develop synthesizing and organizational skills. According to the authors, the 4 C’s are used to guide students to make connections, ask questions, identify key concepts, and contemplate changes/consider the application of what they’ve learned.
From guest author Shana White. DEN Community Member, Lower School Physical Education Teacher, and Coach at Wesleyan School, Peachtree Corners, GA With Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and American Indian Heritage History Month quickly approaching, we encourage educators to include cultural and historical information about the native peoples of the Americas in their lessons. Unfortunately, because curriculum
Engage students by getting them up and moving! The QR Code Graffiti Walk combines comprehension questions, QR codes, and physical activity to boost student interest and engagement. As they travel from one QR code to another, students are asked to share ideas and respond to questions both verbally and in written form. This collaborative conversation boosts comprehension and helps students learn how to work together to summarize their ideas into one response on the chart paper.
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.
Welcome to our special Top Ten series on SOS in the classroom. This month we’re putting our youngest learners in the spotlight by sharing how you can engage primary students in active learning. We’re excited to share adaptations to the Spotlight on Strategies series that have been successfully implemented in Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.
Exit Tickets are a quick way for students to demonstrate their understanding of material that’s been presented. They give the teacher immediate data that helps adapt future instruction and they provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the work they’ve done during class.