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.
Learning is: Exploring Heroes and Warriors in Literature and Real Life Visit Ms. Davidson’s ELA 4 classroom at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville County Schools, South Carolina. This month, they allowed our Discovery Education Community to join them in studying medieval life and literature. The Big Idea By completing a series of interactive centers
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.
Discovery Education Community Team member Kelly Hines was this week’s DEN Connect live stream, sharing Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) Mashups. To continue the conversation, here are a couple of recommendations. Watch the on demand archive below. Log into the DEN Online Community and view the comments in the chat room on DEN Connect Ask questions and share your
When students have adequate think time, the quality of their responses improves. The Placemat strategy is designed to allow each student time to think. It also provides a venue for them to share their perspectives while encouraging them to listen to and appreciate the thoughts and ideas of other team members. The outcome of student participation in this strategy is a summary response that is better than what an individual student could produce alone.