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SOS: Think Puzzle Explore (TPE)

SOS: Think Puzzle Explore (TPE)

The Think-Puzzle-Explore routine, developed as part of the Visual Thinking project from Harvard’s Project Zero, is used much like Know-Want to Know-Learned (KWL) organizer. A teacher might decide to use TPE routine in order to encourage less fact driven and more inquiry or process oriented responses from students. When they connect to background knowledge, student curiosity is encouraged and they develop a plan for their investigation. Whether it is a brief or extended investigation, this routine can be using as a reference point to document, assess, revisit and keep track of student learning.

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SOS: Collaborative Reports

Gathering facts and information isn’t enough. In order to be prepared for college and careers, students need to be able to clearly and cohesively analyze and explain what they’ve learned. One vehicle for doing this is report writing. When students begin learning about writing reports, however, it is common for them to copy and paste directly from the source rather than formulating ideas in their own words. The Collaborative Reports strategy helps students overcome this tendency by working with a partner and using a Web 2.0 tool to collect and share information with classmates.

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Lively Lessons: Nepal Earthquake

The recent earthquakes in Nepal have sparked countless conversations across the world. Strong earthquakes have the power to destroy a city’s infrastructure and, even more importantly, put entire populations at risk. Introduce the concept of earthquakes by showing the video segments Earthquake and Nepal: Help Needed to the class. In order to help students understand

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Spotlight on Strategies: Partner Time

When students have the opportunity to discuss and compare ideas and opinions with a wide variety of their peers, they develop a broader understanding of the world and are more flexible and creative in their problem-solving. This strategy is a simple yet effective way to manage partnerships in your classroom, and ensures students are not always sharing with the same person.

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Spotlight On Strategies (SOS): Step Inside

Step Inside is one of a collection of research-based routines developed as part of the Visual Thinking project from Harvard’s Project Zero. It is promoted in Ron Ritchhart’s book Making Thinking Visible, as a strategy that will help develop students’ thinking and deepen their understanding of the topics they study. This strategy requires students to examine an event or situation from a specific point of view by answering a series of questions.

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The STAR of our Show

There’s a lot of talk about the planets these days (poor Pluto), but the main attraction of the solar system is keeping things in motion.  In honor of Space Week, I thought I would share some resources and experiments that will brighten your students’ week!     Weather Things: Sun, Air, Wind, and Atmosphere: The

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SOS: Talking Sticks

In addition to talking, being an effective communicator involves active listening. The Common Core State Standards and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills both highlight the importance of developing communication skills in preparation for college and career readiness. These skills are not always easy to acquire. Being a good listener is tough, particularly when some members of the group are passionate, knowledgeable, or opinionated.

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SOS: Concept Circles

Concept Circles (Vacca & Vacca, 2001) are tools which help students move beyond memorization of terms and definitions by focusing them on analyzing the relationships between those words. In this strategy, students use a circle organizer to analyze how vocabulary words are or are not related through a concept or topic. There are different models for the circle: some are simply a circle divided into quarters; others, like the one used in the example below, provide space for note taking and identification of the concept

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