Spotlight on Strategies

Mrs. Milliken's notes from an AWESOME Webinar -March 2020

These ideas can work for ANY curriculum area!

PLEASE READ - I know this is long, I believe it can help!

I watched a really long (5 hour) webinar from Discovery Education last week, and came away with multiple great ideas. Below are notes about one of their SOS (Spotlight on Strategies) that can really help as you prepare for new lessons.


*From a teacher, Mrs. Ballard:" If teachers are using Canvas, these would be great discussion board ideas. Such as, ask students to post their response and comment on at least 2 other posts. These strategies are a great way for students to engage each other in discussion!


[I will post separately how to access curriculum and lessons through Discovery Education, but this post has nothing to do with using or accessing the DE resources.]

Request that students Use The SAME Strategy in their responses multiple days in a row.

...the webinar talked about giving very concise/short expectations when beginning instruction that is not face to face, and suggested asking students to provide the SAME type of response requirement for multiple days in a row. This consistency can give students success and comfort and is “failure free” and maybe even fun. provides comfort to students and can give them success. I think that would work for any subject, even a math video!

The teacher should pick ONE strategy - and use that for the response requirement you expect from your students. Possible Strategies below:

6 word story - answer in only 6 words

For example - response to this SMORE
    • Simple concise answer responses provide success

3 truths and a lie - (great for response to an article or video)

Student response/answer post would include 1. fact/truth 2. fact/truth 3. fact/truth 4. lie/false info

For example - response to this Smore:

  1. This idea came from Discovery Education
  2. Mrs. Milliken really watched a 5-hour live webinar because it was so good
  3. Consistency in responses can give students success and comfort in routine
  4. LIE: teachers should have students post answers using a different strategy every day

Poetry Slam

Have them answer everything for multiple days in a row in poetry format

Maybe Haiku, or Acrostic, or limerick...

Multiple perspectives - this could work for History, Science, lots of subjects!

For example: After reading History article or watching a video:

  • How did/would Abraham Lincoln feel about this?
  • How did/would the slaves feel about this?
  • How did/would the plantation owners feel about this?

AEIOU response

  • AEIOU - I was not familiar with this response strategy. I think it could work at high school, or maybe you could even come up with cues for CHARGER...lots of possibilities - but again, have students provide their answers using the very same response strategies over multiple days.

    • AEIOU = respond to each letter

    • A -adjective

    • E -Emotion

    • I -Interesting fact

    • O -”Oh” what in the article made you say “Oh”

    • U - “Um” - what in the article made you wonder/think, “Um….”

The KEY is to pick ONE strategy - and use that for the response requirement you expect from your students multiple days in a row.

Joan Milliken, Library Media Specialist

Please email me if I can help in ANY way!


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