The Tug-of-War routine was developed by researchers at Harvard’s Project Zero and builds on the basic idea of the game Tug-of-War. In this routine, students are given a dilemma or situation with two opposing sides and asked to create a sound judgment about the issue.
When analyzing a situation, it is sometimes dif?cult to separate facts from thoughts and feelings. Reporter’s Notebook is a strategy that will teach students to use explicit evidence to separate fact from feeling. This strategy works well in the midst of an investigation or when all evidence is not yet apparent.
As I wrote about in the February 2016 issue of Kathy’s Katch, the Spotlight on Strategies Series (SOS), located on the Discovery Education site, includes a wealth of pedagogical and practical strategies for the use of the digital resources from Discovery Education in the classroom. Each weekly strategy is different– some are for introducing a topic, others target
Scientists make predictions based on their observations and prior knowledge. Students need to learn how to think like scientists and make predictions, also. In this strategy, students use their observations and prior knowledge to predict what
will happen next. They use evidence from the video clip to write the rest of the story.
We are very excited to celebrate an important milestone for our Spotlight on Strategies series. This week’s strategy, Picture It!, marks the 100th strategy to be highlighted in our SOS Blog series. What began as a simple conversation about how to best share and promote simple and effective media integration strategies with teachers has become an incredible collection of teaching resources that are being used by hundreds of teachers and students throughout the United States, Canada, England, and beyond! Hats off to the many DEN community members who have contributed to this growing collection.
Effective learners know how to organize and classify information they’re learning into meaningful chunks. Robert Marzano identified classification as one of nine high-yield strategies that have a significant effect on student achievement. The Picture It strategy uses images as the basis for classification, providing a visual stimulus and scaffold for students as they analyze and discuss the content being studied.
An important aspect of listening for academic study is the ability to take in information and synthesize the concepts. Students must be able to demonstrate this skill to be successful within the classroom or college and career ready. This strategy uses digital media and allows students to pay close but separate attention to both sights and sounds.
This strategy is based on the “I used to think…. Now I think…” Visible Thinking Routine, developed by Harvard’s Project Zero. It challenges students to reflect on their own thinking as it relates to the content being addressed in a topic or unit of study. This type of thinking requires students to carefully consider their preconceptions and how their thinking changes over time.
The Spotlight on Strategies Series (SOS) on the Discovery Education site includes a wealth of pedagogical and practical strategies for the use of the digital resources from Discovery Education in the classroom. Each weekly strategy is different– some are for introducing a topic, others target collaboration, and still others provide a path to an assessment project or
tephen Toulmin identified six specific elements of a persuasive argument. You can teach students to identify and create an effective argument using Toulmin’s elements. This model begins with a claim, the grounds or data to support the claim, and a warrant that links the grounds to the claim. Other elements include the backing, which provides additional support for the warrant; qualifiers, which may be included to strengthen the data through words like always, most, sometimes; and rebuttals, which include counter-arguments.