Strategy of the Week

Pythagorean Theorem Lesson for Secondary Students

Pythagorean Theorem Lesson: Geometry in the Real World

For students, schoolwork with real-world relevance is key for learning. Activities and projects that introduce new content into familiar contexts have a greater chance of being successfully applied by students in later, less familiar situations.

In this classroom video, geometry teacher Mr. Robert Oswald gives his students practice using the Pythagorean theorem and principle of triangulation to solve the real-world problem of locating a missing cell phone in their area.

Pythagorean Theory Lesson

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Using Nonverbal Praise Routines

Using Nonverbal Praise Routines

Nonverbal praise routines are quick, quiet, gestures designed to increase student engagement and classroom community with minimal disruption to learning.

In this 1:40 video, teachers and students demonstrate nonverbal praise routines, such as thumbs up, snaps, and sending “magic” or “love.”
Using Nonverbal Praise Routines

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Model Reading by Thinking

Model Reading by Thinking

Solid reading involves more than just sounding out letters and words—it engages thinking on many levels. When teachers use modeling, coached practice, and reflection, they can help their students to think while they read and build their comprehension.

Good readers:

  • Draw on background knowledge as they read
  • Make predictions as they read
  • Visualize the events of a text as they read
  • Recognize confusion as they read
  • Recognize a text’s structure as they read
  • Identify a purpose for reading
  • Monitor their purpose for reading the text

Source: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/using-think-alouds-improve-reading-comprehension

Using Think-Alouds to Model Thinking and Reading

Teachers use think-alouds to model the relationship between thinking and reading. They verbalize their thought processes and demonstrate connections that good readers make between background knowledge and information in a text.

This video segment above features a variety of classroom examples showing teachers implementing think-alouds with their students. The segment also comes with a downloadable study guide that offers pre- and post-viewing discussion prompts as well as links to additional resources for teaching reading comprehension.

These materials are part of a comprehensive series of videos and downloadable resources on teaching literacy, available only on Edivate.

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Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

With the prevalence of hand-held devices, students are more connected to information than ever before. Smart phones and some newer tablets can connect to a 3G or 4G data network, freeing them from the invisible tether of Wi-fi connectivity. This means students can retrieve, or more often receive, information everywhere they go. So, why not teach your students to responsibly use their devices?

mobile devices in the classroom

In this 1:35 video, Ms. Kendra Radcliff discusses how she encourages her students to use their devices while doing research.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Instructional Variety

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Instructional Variety  

If you were a farmer who had just one gardening tool, how frustrating would your work be? What would happen to the growth of your plants?

This analogy to teaching helps explain why educational frameworks like Universal Design for Learning (UDL) advocate for teachers to develop a variety of strategies to help them reach all students.

And so, in the spirit of instructional variety, we offer you two resource options for this Strategy of the Week:

An interactive version of this teaching-as-gardening analogy.

Teaching as a Gardener

And, a document with descriptions of and resources for using nine different instructional strategies and approaches.

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A Strategy for Assessing Declarative Knowledge

A Strategy for Assessing Declarative Knowledge

Have you ever had a moment where you couldn’t remember someone’s name? You could describe their features and point them out in a crowd, but their name stayed just outside of your memory.

A Strategy for Assessing Declarative Knowledge

English Language Learners face this challenge regularly in their English vocabulary, and several strategies can help them communicate around the gaps. This 3:40 video highlights how the Show, Don’t Tell strategy supports the assessment of declarative knowledge (or factual knowledge—knowing that something is rather than how to do it) and engagement of students.

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Facilitating Learning

Are You a Provider, a Facilitator, Or Somewhere in Between?

Educators around the world are increasing the autonomy and responsibility of students as they learn. To make this shift, teachers are beginning to see themselves as facilitators of learning rather than merely providers of content knowledge.

So where would your teaching practice be placed on a continuum of providing to facilitating? This diagnostic quiz from Edivate’s Teachers as Facilitators learning experience can give you an indication—and recommend strategies to help you move more towards facilitating learning.

diagnostic quiz

Share out: Do you have an activity or lesson plan that requires you to facilitate? Share it with us!

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Flexible Pacing – Answering the Frequently Asked Questions

Teachers and Students Answer Common Questions about Flexible Pacing

Giving students the flexibility to move through a unit at their own pace might sound like madness. Luckily, there are methods behind the madness, as these teachers and students can attest.

This video FAQ page from Edivate’s Flexible Pacing learning experience features brief interviews with teachers and students answering common questions about what flexible pacing is and how it works.Flexible Pacing Questions

Share out: Is there a question you have about flexible pacing that isn’t answered by the FAQ page? Let us know!

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Learn by Doing: Webb’s Depth of Knowledge

How Deep Is Your Knowledge? Cognitive Complexity in the Classroom

Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge model* has become as familiar a sight to educators as its counterpart, Bloom’s Taxonomy. Both help educators gauge the cognitive complexity of their instructional activities.

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This sorting activity from the Edivate Mastery-Based Assessment learning experience will help you become familiar with the cognitive complexity of various task types (e.g., list, evaluate, draw conclusions) so you can ensure that your students are drawing on higher-order thinking skills in your lessons. Simply drag a task type verb from the green rectangle on the left to the level (section) of the DOK Wheel where you believe it fits. If you get it wrong, an explanation will appear to help you move the verb to the right spot. Enjoy your on-the-fly learning!

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http://training.schoolimprovement.com/courses/mastery-based-assessments/assessment-type-chart/

Bonus questions: Which DOK level does this online activity represent? What might make it more “rigorous”?

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Components of a Successful Performance Task Rubric

Rubrics – A Super-Tool!

Components of a Successful Performance Task Rubric 

Imagine that you are settling down after a good day’s work. Unexpectedly, your phone rings. It’s your old colleague Crystal, and she needs your help. Her performance task rubrics have been altered! Can you help save the day?

This superhero style comic book interactive from Edivate’s Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Learning learning experience outlines the components of a good performance task rubric, giving you the tools to help Crystal and save the day!

Components of a Successful Performance Task Rubric

Share out: What is a must-have criterion for your rubrics? Let us know!

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