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  1. SOS: Story Elements Soup

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Story Elements Soup (pdf version)             Background In order to critically think about and analyze literature, it is important for students to understand story elements.  Identification and analysis of […]

  2. SOS: PMI

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PMI PDF Version Background Trying to come to a decision isn’t always easy, especially when there is no clear answer. PMI is an effective brainstorming strategy that can be used to weigh the pros […]

  3. SOS: Sound Check!

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Sound Check PDF Version Background When students are learning new information, it is important to engage their senses. Video leverages both visual and auditory senses, but if students are not asked to do something […]

  4. SOS: Connect The Dots

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Connect The Dots PDF Version Background It’s easy to get caught up in the race to ensure that the curriculum is “covered” by the end of the year. This does not guarantee that the […]

  5. SOS: Figure it Out Together

    Welcome to the Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Figure it Out Together PDF Version  Background Figurative language helps make writing come alive. Students’ capacity to understand and apply figurative language is a key ingredient in language arts instruction and is particularly […]

  6. SOS: Who Are You?

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Who Are You? PDF Version Background If we want students to focus on learning, we must first make sure they feel safe and secure. “Before students will turn their attention to cognitive learning (the […]

  7. SOS: 25 Things You Didn’t Know

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. 25 Things You Didn’t Know About… PDF Version Background Open just about any entertainment magazine and you will inevitably find a page that shares “25 Things You Didn’t Know About” a certain celebrity. They […]

  8. SOS: Tweet, Tweet!

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Tweet, Tweet! PDF Version  Background Many educators use Twitter to as a way to build their Professional Learning Network (PLN) and share what they are doing in the classroom. Twitter is a social media […]

  9. SOS: PechaKucha

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. PechaKucha PDF Version  20 x 20  Background PechaKucha is a presentation format that was developed by architects in Tokyo in 2003. The idea behind this presentation style is to show 20 images, each for […]

  10. SOS: Fakebook

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Fakebook PDF Version Background According to a 2010 study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8-18 year old spends 7.5 hours interacting with media each day. If we want to engage students, […]

  11. SOS: Jigsaw

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Jigsaw PDF Version Background Jigsaw is a well known cooperative learning strategy that empowers students from a “home” group to focus on one aspect of a topic. “Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each […]

  12. SOS: On This Day

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. On This Day PDF Version Background Teachers use many different strategies to engage students as soon as they enter the classroom. A bell ringer is a short activity that can be completed while you […]

  13. SOS: Puppet Pictures

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Puppet Pictures PDF Version Background Using puppets to learn new vocabulary is a fun and creative way for students to connect with the new terms as they use it in their own words. By […]

  14. SOS: Myth Bustin!

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    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Myth Bustin PDF Version  Background MythBusters, a popular show on the Discovery Channel, tests popular myths in order to confirm or bust them. This strategy takes the idea of myth busting and applies it […]

  15. SOS: Snowball Fight!

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    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.   Snowball Fight PDF Version BACKGROUND Showing videos in class is a great way to engage students and bring learning to life. But often times, watching a video becomes a passive learning experience. In […]

  16. SOS: Twenty Questions

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    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.  Twenty Questions PDF Version BACKGROUND The game “20 Questions” is a widely known game that helps to encourage questioning and deductive reasoning. “The act of questioning actually has a physiological impact on the human […]

  17. S.O.S: Learning in Full Bloom

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Learning in Full Bloom PDF Version Background It’s likely been in your teaching ‘tool kit’ since you’ve gone through your teaching credential program.  You may have not even realized they were updated in 2000.  […]

  18. SOS: Multiple Perspectives

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Multiple Perspectives PDF Version BACKGROUND Understanding a situation from multiple perspectives is an important skill for students to master. In addition, the theory of Multiple Intelligences (proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983) has been […]

  19. S.O.S: Make it Concrete

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Make it Concrete PDF Version Background The idea of Concrete and/or Shape poems has been utilized in classrooms for years.  This week’s strategy puts a twist on the concept by using it as an […]

  20. S.O.S: Vocabulary Stepping Stones

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Vocabulary Stepping Stones PDF Version Background Thanks to DEN STAR Susan Bowdoin from APS for showing me the great article ‘Using Video and Film in the Classroom’ from Reading.org where I am borrowing this […]

  21. S.O.S: Get a Clue

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Get a Clue PDF Version Background “All human experience is context dependent…. many investigators in reading education have stressed the importance of readers’ use of context in interpreting an verifying the meaning of words […]

  22. S.O.S: Quick Writes

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Quick Writes PDF Version Background Often times the sight of a blank white page is daunting to students who are not confident in their writing skills. Quick writes are a simple literacy strategy used […]

  23. S.O.S: Journals

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Journals PDF Version Background Carol Ann Tomlinson shared,  “There is ample evidence that students are more successful in school and find it more satisfying if they are taught in ways that are responsive to […]

  24. S.O.S: Table Top Texting

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Table Top Texting PDF Version Background According to a report by Pew Internet and American Life Project, “…texting ranks as the number one mode of communication among teenagers. Kids between the ages of 12 […]

  25. s.o.s: Visual Walkabout

    Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Visual Walkabout PDF Version Background A visual walkabout’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to engage students in a concept that will be covered by providing them ‘sneak peaks’ of important components through the […]