The more practice students have while in school, the better they’ll get at working together to accomplish a goal. This month we’re highlighting how Spotlight on Strategies instructional ideas can help students learn to cooperate, collaborate, and be an active team member in your classroom.
The Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) strategy can be used to present a three-way relationship between questions, text content, and reader knowledge. QAR activities encourage students to investigate text multiple times, in multiple ways.
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.
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.
Melissa Murray shares how she used a skill her 2nd grade students had – taking notes on Post-it notes – to the next level by incorporating SOS: Sticky Back into her instruction.
Whether you are asking students to analyze a historical photograph, order events in a chronological progression, or compare primary source documents written during a specific time period, teaching social studies means immersing students in learning about people and their relationships with one another and the world. The Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) series offers many opportunities for students to investigate different perspectives, explore new ideas, and develop understanding of the progression of events over time.
Laura Dawes, Media Specialist from Alabama, shares how she uses SOS Half the Picture with her primary students in this SOS Story.
Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a relaxing Winter Break and are ready to embrace the second half of the school year. A new year brings opportunity to reflect, set goals and reimagine what learning looks like in our classrooms. Over the past months we’ve highlighted ways to use the Spotlight on Strategies series to activate learning and engage students. This month we’re shining the spotlight on using SOS to help students become strong and effective mathematical thinkers.
Learn how DEN Star Nicole Quick collaborated with teachers to use SOS 3 Truths and One Lie to help students review Algebraic functions.