Text Rendering Strategy
The text rendering strategy is a great way for students to summarize and reflect something he/she read in class or the night before. The students divide a poster into three sections and first write one sentence about what they read, in the middle they summarize with a phrase, and at the bottom write one word that summarizes what the text was about.
Concept mapping is great for visual learners and a great organization tool. Concept maps help students organize information given in class, and make connections between the material. They are very easy to make and modify and can be used for any subject area.
The fishbowl strategy is when students get into small groups to discuss a topic that the teacher chose. There is one chosen group to be in the "fishbowl," these are the students that are discussing the topic while the other groups listen. After the discussion is over, the rest of the groups discuss what they heard.
This a great strategy for the beginning of a unit and can be reflected on at the end of a unit. It is a strategy in which students evaluate a piece of art related to the topic they will be or are currently studying. They are asked to write down 10 things that they notice about the piece of art and share with the class. They then write down 10 questions they have about the art that was shown.
Mix. Freeze. Pair
Students walk around the room and make eye contact with someone to be their partner. A non school related topic will be presented first and the partners will introduce themselves and talk about the topic. Next students move on to a different partner, and talk about a more on task topic. Teachers may even give a hand out to discuss.
Foldables are a fun interactive way for students to get engaged in studying. Foldables can be done individually or in a notebook. Having many foldables about the same content is a great way for students to stay organized and help them learn.
Finding songs about content is a very useful strategy. This is something that will get the information into the students head in a fun and catchy way. The students will find themselves singing the song all day long.
This strategy is great for larger texts or content. Students are in a small group and are each assigned one section of the unit or reading. They then will go with everyone else who was assigned the same thing as them and work with them. When all the students are done working and discussing they return back to their original groups and teach the section that they were assigned to the other group members.
R: Role of the writer
RAFT is a strategy that consists of writing from a different persons perspective, yet makes the students think critically.
Students will make two straight lines down the center of the room and stand face to face with the person across from them. Each student then shares a key point from the reading done before or in class.
Author says, I say
Students read a passage or a story either at home or in class. The students then answer questions about the text and weigh in their own thoughts they had while reading it.
Learning logs are a useful tool for the students to look back on for future activities. While reading, students are told to write down information and any questions they have. They then are told to write down the reflection of their learnings so they can look back on it in the future.
Comparing and contrasting is a good way for students to really learn and understand the content information. The students can compare and contrast using T-Charts.
Exit slips are used at the end of class, the teacher will write a question summing up the days work on the board. Students will have to answer the question along with writing any questions they still have that the teacher can go over in the beginning of the next meeting time. This is also a great strategy because it lets students know if they understand the material.
The write around strategy is when students write about a topic for a certain amount of time. They write down all that they know about the topic and what they have learned. When the allowed time is up, they pass it to the person sitting next to them who must read over what that student wrote. This is a good strategy for students to understand how to comment on another students work and gain others perspectives on the topic.