Strategy of the Month


September 2010 - Comparing & Contrasting
Content Objective: Teachers will be able to analyze tools for comparing and contrasting information and apply them effectively during lessons within their content area.

Graphic Organizers: To download any of the following graphic organizers, simply click on the name of the file you want.
Files labeled "Blank" are ready for your content area input. Those with subject names are samples for you to examine.













Interactive Graphic Organizers
This site allows you to download a graphic organizer and type directly into it, as needed.

Graphic Organizer Printables
Use this free online tool to locate a graphic organizer that will assist you in your lessons, then print what you find. They are in PDF form, so you won't be able to edit them on your computer unless you have the paid version of Adobe Acrobat installed.

October 2010 - Classifying & Categorizing
Content Objectives:

1. Teachers will examine methods of classifying & categorizing information and apply them effectively during lessons within their content area.

2. Teachers will use a free online tool (Google Squared) to practice the strategy of categorizing/classifying at the analysis/synthesis level.

Graphic Organizers - To download any of the following graphic organizers, simply click on the name of the file you want.



How to use Google Squared


November 2010 - Metaphors
Objective: Participants will be able to justify the use of metaphors in their specific content area to enhance student understanding.


December 2010 - Analogies
Objective:
Teachers will use analogies in their instruction to enhance student understanding of content.

A great free, online tool for any classroom purpose is Jeopardy Labs. Just like the TV show, create your own Jeopardy questions and answers for students. Use them to review, to assess, or when you need something relevant for a sub. To see (and use) the Q and A that I created to practice analogies, click here: Analogies

January 2011 - Summarizing
Objective:
Teachers will utilize different types of summarizing structures to support student learning.

Another great, free online tool to enhance students' thinking about your content is Wordle. Create "word clouds" for any piece of text that you can copy from one source and paste into Wordle. Compare and contrast 2 speeches; view a summary of an article; show a character's words and infer which character might have said them. Create your own wordle by weighting the text that you input.