How can we move a punctuation lesson beyond mere memorization and towards interesting thinking?
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Let’s move beyond memorizing definitions and get kids grappling with the fascinating concept of infinity!
I love to use fractions as my test content to see if a technique really works. Fractions are, I think, one of the trickiest topics for students to understand and for teachers to make interesting.
According to Costello, 7 × 13 = 28. In fact, watch him prove it…
Let’s start with a puzzlement, ask kids to generate an abstract statement, and then find evidence that their statement works across several different areas.
Why I now strike the phrase “have a discussion” from my lesson plans.
Direct Instruction is the model to use when we want to teach students to perform a specific skill. It gently moves from teacher modeling to independent student practice.
Inquiry Training is a model of instruction that looks a lot like 20 Questions. You’ll teach your students to ask more helpful questions and to avoid rushing to a hypothesis too quickly.
Get students moving, thinking, writing, and reading each others’ ideas with a Scholar’s Cafe.
My 21st century 12-year-olds absolutely died watching Abbot and Costello’s “Who’s On First” skit. And we got a great homophone activity out of it too.