TCI Implementation

TCI Six Active Learning Strategies

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1. Experiential Exercise

TCI’s Experiential Exercise is designed to tap into students’ intrapersonal and body-kinesthetic intelligence. They help students learn abstract ideas and make remote events accessible and meaningful.


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Experiential Exercise

2. Problem Solving Groupwork

TCI’s Problem Solving Groupwork activities are designed to teach students the skill they need to work together successfully in small groups, both in your classroom and later in life. During Problem Solving Groupwork tasks, students sit in mixed-ability groups to tackle challenging projects.


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Problem Solving Groupwork Activities in the Classroom

3. Response Groups

The Response Groups activities begin by placing students into groups of three and giving them a multiple intelligence prompt—it could be historical information, compelling images, primary sources, musical selections, or a map—to discuss.


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Response Groups

4. Skill Builder

Social studies skills are vital to a student’s success. The ability to read maps, categorize information, analyze artifacts and primary resources, compare and contrast ideas, summarize main ideas, and interpret historical documents are all skills they need to master more difficult content in secondary school.


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Social Studies Skill Builder

5. Visual Discovery

One of TCI’s most loved teaching strategies is the Visual Discovery strategy. As students view, touch, and interpret compelling images, teachers can step in and complete the story or even impart content knowledge.


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Visual Discovery: TCI's Visual Learning Techniques for Kids

6. Writing for Understanding

Writing for Understanding activities improve both students’ understanding of key social studies concepts and their writing ability by engaging students in interactive experiences.


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Writing for Understanding