Teaching Strategies

 

 

Report Out

Grade Level: All Structure: Report Out Content Area: All
Instructional Objective: Students will review specific readings and synthesize information.
Lesson Objective: Each student will demonstrate the ability to work in a group atmosphere and exhibit the understanding of the fundamentals of the chosen reading selections by creating an Inspiration document to share with the class.
Materials: Each group needs a computer with Inspiration installed.

Set-Up: Entire Class

Class needs to be in equal groups.
Procedures:
1. The Instructor models how to create an Inspiration document.
2. The Instructor provides specific topics to each group. (Groups drew from a series of preprinted cards)
3. Groups reviewed the readings and chose what to report back to the group.
4. Group representatives report back to entire group.
5. Results are posted for class use later.

Management Tip:
1. Topics need to be preprinted to help focus students
2. Provide specific amount of time to review materials and create document

Assessment Options
1. A rubric could be set up to ensure appropriate points are covered
2. Organization and viewability of document could be assessed for technology knowledge
Element(s) of Effective Instruction:
Check for Understanding, Guided Practice, Independent Practice
Intelligences:
Naturalist, Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal

 

Send-A-Problem

Grade Level: All Structure: Send-A-Problem Content Area: All
Instructional Objective: Students will review specific readings and synthesize information.
Lesson Objective: Each student will demonstrate the ability to work in a group atmosphere and exhibit the understanding of the fundamentals of the chosen reading selections by creating a question and answer on an index card to share with the class.
Materials: Each person in the group needs one index card.

Set-Up: Entire Class

Class needs to be in equal groups.
Procedures:
1 . The Instructor provides specific topics to each group on an index card. (Groups drew from a series of preprinted cards)
2. Groups review the topics and discussed the most important elements of the reading. There should be one element per group member.
3. Each person of the group writes down a question about the topic on one side of the index card, and then the answer on the opposite side. Groups write numbers on the cards 1-5 1 being easiest, 5 (being most difficult)
4. The class then passes the cards from group to group and reviews the material.
5. Information on the cards is then placed in the game format of Jeopardy using PowerPoint.

Management Tip:
1. Topics need to be preprinted to help focus students
2. Provide specific amount of time to write questions and review the groups.

Assessment Options
1. A rubric could be set up to ensure appropriate points are covered
2. Organization and viewability of document could be assessed for technology knowledge
Element(s) of Effective Instruction:
Check for Understanding, Guided Practice, Independent Practice
Intelligences:
Naturalist, Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal

 

Flashcard-Directed - Inside/Outside Circle

Grade Level: All Structure: Inside/Outside Circle Content Area: All
Instructional Objective: Students will review specific readings and synthesize information.
Lesson Objective: Each student will demonstrate the ability to work in a group atmosphere and exhibit the understanding of the fundamentals of the chosen reading selections by creating a question and answer on an index card to share with the class.
Materials: Each person in the group needs one index card.

Set-Up: Entire Class

Class needs to form two equal circles.
Procedures:
1 . The Instructor provides specific topics to each group on an index card. (Groups drew from a series of preprinted cards)
2. Groups review the topics and discussed the most important elements of the reading. There should be one element per group member.
3. Each person of the group writes down a question about the topic on one side of the index card, and then the answer on the opposite side. Groups write numbers on the cards 1-5 1 being easiest, 5 (being most difficult)
4. Holding their card with the answer facing their body, the class then forms two circles, facing one another.
5. Students ask/share the questions and answers with their partners.
6. Students exchange cards.
7. Students pass cards to the right until the teacher says stop!
8. Teacher directs the students in the inside circle to face left and take 3 steps and turn toward the teacher holding their new card.
9. Teacher directs the students in the outside circle to face right and take 3 steps and turn toward their new partner holding their new card.
10. Repeat the process 4-8.
11 . Information on the cards is then placed in the game format of Jeopardy using PowerPoint.

Management Tip:
1. Topics need to be preprinted to help focus students
2. Provide specific amount of time to write questions and review the groups
3. Movement needs to go slowly at first. The movement will be faster as students understand what to do.
4. Continual movement can be used using music.
5. Odd number of students: student can be rotated out to start or stop music, or have one three person team.

Assessment Options
1. A rubric could be set up to ensure appropriate points are covered
2. Organization and viewability of document could be assessed for technology knowledge
Element(s) of Effective Instruction:
Check for Understanding, Guided Practice, Independent Practice
Intelligences:
Naturalist, Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal, Physical

RAFT (Role/Audience/Format/Topic

Grade Level: All Structure: RAFT Content Area: All
Instructional Objective: Students will review specific readings and synthesize information.
Lesson Objective: Each student will demonstrate the ability to work in a group atmosphere and exhibit the understanding of the fundamentals of the chosen reading selections by creating a question and answer on an index card to share with the class.
Materials: Each person in the group needs one a piece of writing paper.

Set-Up: Groups

Class needs to form equal groups.
Procedures:
1 . The Instructor provides specific topics AND an example of a RAFT to each group on an index card. (Groups drew from a series of preprinted cards)
2. Groups review the topics and the RAFT. Each group must discuss the most important elements of the reading.
3. Each person of the group writes part of the RAFT.
4. Each group present the RAFT to the other groups.

Examples of RAFTs

Role
Audience
Format
Topic
Newspaper Reporter Readers in the _______ (decide era - could have other groups guess what era) Obituary Qualities of ____(famous person, author, scientist, etc.)
Lawyer US Supreme Court Appeal Speech Famous case, patent for a science idea, scientific method, etc.
Abraham Lincoln or any person Dear Abby Advice Column Frustrations with ___, science experiment parts, etc.
Oprah Television Public Talk Show Any topic
Frontier Woman or teacher Self Diary Hardships and how to overcome, changes in education, etc.
Constituent U.S. Senator Letter Need for...Legislation for...
Newswriter Public News Release Science breakthrough, recent event, etc.
Chemist or other professional occupation Chemical Company or other company Instructions Dangerous combinations to avoid in the lab or at home (safety and health issues)
Food Item (apple, hamburger, etc.) Other food items Travel guide Journey through body, staying free of germs, benifits of eating them, etc.
Plant Sun Thank you note Sun's role in plant growth
Scientist (any kind) Charles Darwin (or any other theorist) Memo Refute a Point, back up a point
Square Root Whole number Love Letter Explain relationship
Number Set of numbers with an x for the missing number (eg: 3x,234 Petition Prove what place value
Cook Other Cooks Receipe Addition, Addiction, High Blood Pressure, etc.
Julia Child TV Audience Script How to put together or construct the perfect ___
Doctor's Association Future Parents Web Page Need for proper nutrition, rest, etc.
Advertiser TV Audience Public Service Importance of ___
Lungs Cigarettes Complaint Effects of Smoking
Huck Finn or any famous character Jim or characters buddy or family Telephone Conversation What I Learned..
Any famous person in history to their own hero or an enemy Book Review Reactions to a particular event or book
Comma Students Job Description Use in Sentences
Any kind of fish Self Diary Effects of specific happenings in the environment
Any famous person Prospective employer Job Interview Qualifications as a _____.


Management Tip:
1. Topics and RAFT need to be preprinted to help focus students
2. Provide specific amount of time to write RAFT.
3. Students could also mix and match from topics above to form own plan.

Assessment Options
1. A rubric could be set up to ensure appropriate points are covered
Element(s) of Effective Instruction:
Check for Understanding, Guided Practice, Independent Practice
Intelligences:
Naturalist, Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal, Physical