Using Sentence Stems in the Classroom

Using Sentence Stems in the Classroom

Using Sentence Stems in the Classroom
 Some students may have difficulty responding during discussions or when completing written assignments. Teachers can help students overcome this difficulty by using sentence stems. Sentence stems are a learning scaffold that can help students respond (orally and through writing) using complete sentences.
Teachers can use sentence stems to:

Activate prior knowledge and […]

Inquiry Charts to Facilitate Learning

Inquiry Charts to Facilitate Learning

This learning tool can help students be organized while learning as well as build fundamental skills in inquiry and research.
How can teachers facilitate learning through Inquiry Charts?
Inquiry Charts (I-Charts) promote in-depth learning and provide students with a tool to organize their research and writing. Using this strategy, students can generate meaningful questions about a topic […]

What is the Elaborative Interrogation Strategy?

What is the Elaborative Interrogation Strategy?

Thinking back on how young inquisitive little ones, used to constantly bombard us with their “why questions.” “Why are the stars so bright, why does the moon change its shape or why is the sky so blue? Everything around them could rouse up their curiosity and their minds were eager for information. Likewise the Elaborative […]

How Can I Effectively Use the Note Check Strategy to Facilitate Learning in the Classroom?

How Can I Effectively Use the Note Check Strategy to Facilitate Learning in the Classroom?

Note check is a pedagogic strategy that facilitates learning within the classroom. In this strategy, students are instructed to pair up and review, discuss and compare their notes with each other. The aim of the strategy is to help students develop good note taking skills, summarize key information and clarify misconceptions through discussions with partners […]

While Implementing Standards, How Can I Convert Knowledge to Action?

While Implementing Standards, How Can I Convert Knowledge to Action?

Students need to decide what to do with the new knowledge they have acquired. Teachers can ensure that opportunities are made for students to take initiative and that that the timing of instruction leaves room for reflection and personal projects.
For example, part of the national standards for social studies (World History, secondary education) is the […]

Brain-based Strategies in Teaching

Brain-based Strategies in Teaching

Do you know that it’s possible to improve a student’s cognitive skills such as attention, memory or logical thinking? A lot of teachers don’t know this and don’t realize that they have an important role to play with students who just don’t seem to be able to pay attention or remember what they have been […]

How can Loading be used as a Strategy to Improve Learning Skills?

How can Loading be used as a Strategy to Improve Learning Skills?

While working with students in order to improve their learning skills, it is important to understand the working of the brain and improve the capacity of the brain to process information.
The brain is designed perfectly to process, associate, evaluate, and store or discard a large quantity of incoming information. Loading involves structuring multiple simultaneous tasks.
In […]

What is PQ4R Strategy and How can I Use it in my Classroom?

What is PQ4R Strategy and How can I Use it in my Classroom?

PQ4R is a study technique developed by Thomas E.L and Robinson H.A (1972). The acronym stands for Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite and Review and this strategy is used mainly to help students with difficulty in reading. Comprehension, retaining and recalling information is a challenge for many students and the PQ4R strategy aims at making […]

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