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Celebrating Our 100th SOS!

Celebrating Our 100th SOS!

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.


SOS: Picture It!

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.


SOS: Listen Up

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.


SOS: Flip Flop

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.

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February 2016: Tools for the SOS (part 1 of 2)

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


SOS: Persuade Me

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.


SOS: Get In Line

Robert Marzano’s research supports the use of non-linguistic representations to bolster student comprehension of material. An example of this is time-sequence patterns, which give students a chance to organize events in a speci?c order. Putting events in a sequence is also an important skill that students will use throughout their lives. Get in Line helps students understand the order in which events happen, which will assist in long-term retention of the information.


SOS: Switcheroo

This cooperative learning technique allows students to review information with their peers by asking and answering questions. Working with peers in a collaborative manner builds confidence, encourages greater participation, and leads to thoughtful discussions (The Teacher Tool Kit). Student engagement increases, and information is better retained, when students discuss and assess each other.


SOS: Act It Out

According to research by Eric Jensen, author of Teaching With the Brain in Mind, most neuroscientists believe that movement and cognition are powerfully connected. Students remember new material on a more long-term basis when movement is combined with the content. In this strategy, students will create physical movements to match information being taught, increasing the likelihood that students will retain the material for a longer period of time.

Edmonds, Washington State, USA --- Mixed Race female teacher and students looking at laptop --- Image by © Andersen Ross/Blend Images/Corbis

SOS: Conga Line

“We all know exercise is good for the body. But it’s incredibly good for the brain, too. Exercise zaps harmful stress chemicals. It boosts problem-solving, planning, and attention” (Brain Rules). The Conga Line is a fun strategy that incorporates physical movement into lessons allowing students to move out of their seats and communicate with other members of the class.