We put the SOS ELITE EIGHT to vote and were surprised by a few upsets. The scores were close, proving every vote counts. How close was it?!? Visual Walkabout took down They Said What with 57% of the votes. Snowball Fight took out AEIOU with 59% of the votes. Based your feedback, we are thrilled
We put the SOS SWEET SIXTEEN to vote and were surprised by a few upsets. The scores were close, proving every vote counts. How close was it?!? Visual Walkabout took down Silence is Golden with 54% of the votes. Tweet! Tweet! upset Fakebook with 53% of the votes. Based your feedback, we are thrilled to
We have pulled and analyzed the data and are ready to release your picks for the March Madness SOS SWEET SIXTEEN competition. Help your favorite strategy make it to the ELITE EIGHT and in doing so gain access to our SOS Community Grid which provides you quick and easy access to all SOS by listing
Summarizing is an important comprehension strategy which involves more than retelling content. In order to summarize effectively, students must have a solid understanding of the presented material (reading passages, videos, audio files, etc.) in order to synthesize large chunks of information into generalizations. The Whittle It Down strategy is designed to scaffold summarization by having students work independently, then collaboratively as part of a small group, and finally 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.
A few years ago, DEN STAR Susan Bowdoin from Albuquerque, New Mexico, cornered me after a presentation and said “You really need to start posting all of these strategies somewhere.” I’m pretty sure I smiled and agreed that it was a great idea. I had heard this request before, but Susan didn’t give up. After
Did you hear the news? Discovery Education is now featuring 5 Interactive Training courses that allow you to learn ways to maximize your experience and the SOS are embedded within. Check out the “Digital Integration” course to learn ways to integrate video, images, audio files, and additional resources founded within DE. Here are some of
This week, we are thrilled to reveal four more SOS vingettes that you can use this week with your staff. Since social media was all abuzz this weekend, we thought we’d build off the momentum with some winning strategies! Instagram-in (video contributed by Diane Lefebvre of Alberta, Canada) Engaging students with a platform
For those who have come fans of our Spotlight on Strategies (SOS) series, we have a special announcement! Based on your requests, our community is now creating video vignettes of each SOS. These segments can be shared during staff development and contain the big idea, instructional ingredients, a specific example, summary, and extensions! In the
“Informative assessment isn’t an end in itself, but the beginning of better instruction.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson
Formative assessment can help teachers better understand what students have learned as they progress through a unit of study. As a result, it’s important to find creative, effective, and efficient ways to incorporate ongoing formative assessment. This strategy provides data that can used to guide instruction and intervention.
Students of all ages need opportunities to learn from one another, share ideas, analyze and synthesize information presented in a variety of formats, and provide constructive feedback to one another. (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Common Core State Standards Anchor Standards) The I.D.E.A. Share strategy provides a framework that helps students accomplish these things in a positive and supportive way. The strategy was specifically designed to help students look at and learn from student-created Discovery Boards but could be easily adapted to fit a variety of other learning situations.