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Spotlight on Strategies for Building Capacity
Strategy for the Week of January 11, 2016
As instructors we are always looking for practical knowledge and tools to create positive and lifelong learning. Time is of the essence in so many ways, I thought this would be a quick and easy way for you to browse and try some new strategies as we continue to develop our learner centered classrooms
Generate-Sort-Connect-Elaborate: Concept Maps
- Generate - a list of ideas and initial thoughts that come to mind when you think about this topic or issue.
- Sort- your ideas according to how central or tangential they are. Place central ideas near the center and more tangential ideas toward the outside of the page.
- Connect your ideas - by drawing connecting lines between the ideas that have something in common. Explain and write on the line in a short sentence how the ideas are connected.
- Elaborate - any of the ideas or thoughts you have written so far by adding new ideas that expand, extend, or add to your initial ideas.
Topics or concepts selected for this routine are often large scope. This strategy can be used at the beginning of a unit to reveal what learners already know about a topic, spark discussion, or it can be used later in the unit to assess how students are making sense of the topic.