Spotlight On Strategies articles

Woman with lens in front of eye

SOS: Eye Spy

Visual literacy is the ability to interpret and make sense of visual information we encounter, including but not limited to information found in photographs, drawings and paintings. According to the article “Reading Images: An Introduction to Visual Literacy,” by Melissa Thibault and David Walbert, “The visually literate viewer looks at an image carefully, critically, and with an eye for the intentions of the image’s creator.”

Students in a science classroom.

Top Ten SOS in Science Classrooms

The Spotlight on Strategies series is the perfect companion for science instruction. Budding scientists need opportunities to get hands-on through experimentation, analysis of experiment data, opportunities to synthesize multiple sources, and evaluate material they’re learning. The SOS provide creative and interactive ways to do all of these things!

SOS: 4 C’s

The 4 C’s Visible Thinking Routine (Connections, Challenges, Concepts, and Changes) was developed in Harvard’s Project Zero. This strategy is used to help students develop synthesizing and organizational skills. According to the authors, the 4 C’s are used to guide students to make connections, ask questions, identify key concepts, and contemplate changes/consider the application of what they’ve learned.

Are we limiting their view?

 From guest author Shana White. DEN Community Member, Lower School Physical Education Teacher, and Coach at Wesleyan School, Peachtree Corners, GA With Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and American Indian Heritage History Month quickly approaching, we encourage educators to include cultural and historical information about the native peoples of the Americas in their lessons. Unfortunately, because curriculum

SOS: QR Code Graffiti Walk

Engage students by getting them up and moving! The QR Code Graffiti Walk combines comprehension questions, QR codes, and physical activity to boost student interest and engagement. As they travel from one QR code to another, students are asked to share ideas and respond to questions both verbally and in written form. This collaborative conversation boosts comprehension and helps students learn how to work together to summarize their ideas into one response on the chart paper.

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