January 2016 Edition
“When the mind is thinking, it is talking to itself.” – Plato
- Think Aloud
Great for reading comprehension and problem solving. Think-alouds help students to consciously monitor and reflect upon what they are learning. This strategy works well when teachers read a story or problem out loud and periodically stop to verbalize their thoughts. This allows students to follow the teacher's thinking process, which gives them the foundation they need for creating their own strategies and processes that can be useful for understanding what they are trying to comprehend.
- Checklist, Rubrics and Organizers
Great for solving word problems. These organizational tools support students in the decision-making process because they serve as an aide for planning and self-evaluation. Typically they ask what students know and need to know to arrive at an answer, and emphasize the need to reread the problem and self-check responses.
- Explicit Teacher Modeling
Great for math instruction. Explicit teacher modeling helps students understand what is expected of them through a clear example/model of a skill or concept. When a teacher provides an easy to follow procedure for solving a problem, students have a memorable strategy to use for approaching a problem on their own.