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SOS: Think-Aloud

SOS: Think-Aloud

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.

Top Ten SOS: Primary Edition

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.  

Now Available On Demand: DEN Connect Live Stream featuring Kelly Hines

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

SOS: Placemat

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.

SOS: Inquiry Chart

The Inquiry Chart (I-Chart), developed by James Hoffman in 1992, provides students with a scaffold that guides them in using multiple sources to research a topic. As students collect information about a topic, they use the I-Chart to record what they find. The chart helps them think critically about the results of their research, especially when they find discrepancies between two different sources of information. It also supports students in their efforts to synthesize multiple sources of information into a cohesive and meaningful product. Teachers have found that I-Charts are suitable for whole class, small group, or individual inquiry, making them a versatile tool in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.

SOS: What’s in Your Teacher Supply Box?

It’s Back to School time!  

Have you picked up a class set of the latest and greatest flamingo pink highlighters? A stapler/USB drive combo tool? What about an extra 10 reams of filler paper, just in case?  Stores all around have filled their bins with the newest types of mechanical pencils, sets of markers at bargain prices, and stacks and stacks of spiral notebooks in any color you’d hope for.  And, the zippers on backpacks are still stiff enough to make that deeply satisfying zzzzzzzzzipping sound! As you make sure you’re ready for students to put pencil to paper, make sure your teacher supply box gets filled up, too.  Here are some ideas for what you might put on your school supply wish list.

SOS: Hook ‘Em

Fishing is a hobby that many people enjoy. The challenge of using a simple metal hook and line to catch a wiggly fish is captivating, and successfully reeling one in takes patience and practice. The process of learning a new academic skill is similar. Patience and opportunities to practice are required to master new information. Hook your students into practicing what they need to know by involving them in a fishing trip that has them learning, practicing, and applying new concepts in a fun and engaging way.

We the Educators: Helping to Form a More Perfect Union

“America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals,

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