The Gone Fishin’ strategy is a way to showcase model behaviors in any subject with any grade level. This strategy works particularly well with a subject matter that lends itself to different perspectives or sides of an argument. When students use this strategy, they learn how to present their feelings and opinions in a respectful matter, while simultaneously providing evidence of their thinking.
Recently the world celebrated International Dot Day; a day where we celebrate creativity and making your mark in the world. A Dot Day celebration isn’t complete without a little bit of Discovery Education SOS and we were certainly not disappointed. I found a strategy perfect for the day, filled with the curved edges of Dot
Students need to be able to understand the points and counterpoints of arguments to be able to produce effective persuasive writing. In this strategy, based on the popular game Would You Rather?, students will place themselves in the shoes of historical figures and the events they experienced. Students will use critical thinking and justify their opinions with evidence from the media and resources available.
Circle of Viewpoints, developed as a Visual Thinking routine at Harvard’s
Project Zero, is used to help students develop the skill of identifying different perspectives of a topic, text, or event. The structure it provides encourages students to break the habit of seeing things from a single point of view.
No longer limited to only consuming content, today’s teachers and students are creating content that is transforming teaching and learning around the globe. You can find several examples of this within Discovery Education by narrowing your searching results to the media type “Board.” You asked our team to share our favorite boards, so we’ve collected
Visual or graphic note taking, also called Sketchnoting, is gaining greater popularity as a strategy for increasing engagement in lectures, seminars and video presentations. When sketchnoting, learners use visual means to analyze information, make comparisons and develop analogies to better understand and communicate what they’ve learned. This requires higher level thinking. It is also directly related to Robert Marzano’s research on the significant positive affects that nonlinguistic representations have on student achievement.
We hope you enjoyed our Summer Twist SOS series, where we shared many different ways that educators are putting their own spin on the SOS strategies. We love that they are being used in all different kinds of classrooms with all different age levels, including adults!
School has finally started back, and we have the opportunity to use everything that Discovery Education has to offer! Of course this means implementing our favorite SOS! That being Spotlight on Strategies of course. Together we are going to be going back in time to the originals, the classics, the first strategies spotlighted by the
I love the SOS strategies. Over the past year, I’ve had many occasions where I was asked to cover a classroom for a teacher. That’s when SOS came to the rescue! Here’s how I twisted and super-sized some popular SOS strategies for my students…with great success!
Paper Chat is a great way to get students thinking without speaking and it gives all students equal opportunities to voice their thoughts. Some students may be reluctant to write on the butcher paper when others can see what they are writing. One way to mix it up would be to have students complete this in small groups. The group of students can move around to see what is written in other groups. You could also pose different questions for each group.