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.
On This Day is a quick, powerful strategy that exposes students to a variety of historical events. It takes only a few minutes and is a great way to start the day or as a filler at other transition times. We have put a spin on this strategy by partnering up our classes and having students present to each other what they have learned “On This Day”.
The Paper Slide SOS involves students in explaining what they know in both words and pictures. They create slides of information using paper, pencil and/or markers and crayons. As they slide from one piece of paper to another they verbally explain the concepts they’ve learned about.
I often use A-E-I-O-U during Professional Development workshops that I provide for adults in my district. It provides a common feedback format that is easy for participants to use as they reflect on what they’ve learned.
The Whittle It Down strategy is designed to build summation skills by having students work independently, then work collaboratively as part of a small group, and finally collaborate as a whole class to ‘whittle down’ a list of vocabulary words that are most important to understanding the topic being studied. This final list is then used to compose a summary of the topic.