Connect Texts to Other Content
Habits of Evidence
In the real world, learning never happens in isolation. In school, we can mimic this by breaking down some of the walls between content areas. If you teach a reading or language arts class, you can find connections to all sorts of other content areas.
When students need to provide evidence to support an argument or idea, they are being pushed to think critically. Using habits of evidence also allows the instructor to distinguish between students who truly grasp the content, and those who are simply regurgitating information.
The Primacy-Recency Effect
Discussions can be amazing learning tools, but they can also flop if the same 3-4 kids are participating. Maximize discussions and participation by planning the right questions in the right order.
Swap Guided and Independent Practice
In most classroom lessons, students typically remember the beginning and the end of the lesson the strongest. This is called the primacy-recency effect.
During a lesson, teachers need multiple opportunities to diagnose student misunderstanding. One way to quickly gather data on student understanding is to swap guided and independent practice.