Tuesday, February 20, was an exciting day for Sims Middle School in Santa Rosa County, FL! With the help of Discovery Education PD STEM Specialist Dacia Jones, members of the Sims Middle School staff challenged all teachers in the school to use Spotlight On Strategies and then share them in a Twitter Smackdown using the #smsstrategysmackdown hashtag. This fun challenge was part of their district’s “State of Innovate 2018″. We’re excited to elevate and celebrate several of the SOS stories from of the participating teachers. Read to find out about their experiences, and get ideas for how SOS can make a difference in your classroom, too!
Lauri Vitale shares how she used SOS: They Said What? and SOS Multiple Perspectives to help her students look at historical events through several different viewpoints.
Audra Barton shares how she used SOS Fakebook to engage her students in learning about Dr. Martin Luther King.
When students know how to ask their own questions, they take greater ownership of their learning, deepen comprehension, and make new connections. QFT (Question Formulation Technique ) is a teaching strategy that helps students produce their own questions, improve them, and strategize on how to use them. The technique can be used with students of all ages.
Laura Dawes, Media Specialist from Alabama, shares how she uses SOS Half the Picture with her primary students in this SOS Story.
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.
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.
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.
“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,
Today’s students will be tomorrow’s reporters. Allowing them the opportunity to explore a period from the past and piece together key people and events from the time, helps students build essential research skills.