Be a Strategic Teacher!
Compare and Contrast
- It increases our memory capacity. Two ideas linked together last longer than two ideas standing alone.
- It lets us use old knowledge to make sense of new knowledge. For example, one way to figure out how the atmosphere works is to make a comparison by asking, "How is the atmosphere like a blanket of air?"
- It helps us find connections and create new ideas.
- It makes the invisible (or abstract) visible, the confusable (or easily mixed up with other content) clear, and the neglectable (or easily overlooked) unavoidable.
Questions to Spark My Creativity
?1. How would I classify myself when it comes to my current use of the Compare and Contrast strategy? (frequent - occasional - rarely - never)
?2. Have I done something in the past or present that looks similar to what I see in the videos?
?3. Can I embed this strategy into next week's lesson? How? What would be my measure of a successful attempt at this strategy?