Teaching Strategies

Use our student-centered teaching strategies to strengthen your students’ literacy skills, nurture critical thinking, and create a respectful classroom climate. You can implement these strategies with any academic content.

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Gauge students’ understanding and interest in a topic by asking them to write down takeaways, questions, and something they enjoyed about a text, film, or lesson.

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Alphabet Brainstorm

This brainstorming exercise is a quick way to generate students’ thoughts, measure prior knowledge, or check learning.

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Analyzing Images

Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.

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Annotating and Paraphrasing Sources

Teach students to carefully read material by having them underline key words, write margin notes, and summarize main ideas.

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Anticipation Guides

Get students thinking about the ideas and themes that they’ll encounter in a unit or a text.

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Assigning Roles for Group Work

Make your students’ group work more effective by giving each member a specific role to play.

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Assigning Roles for Group Work (Remote Learning)

Use this strategy, designed for use in remote classrooms, to foster collaborative group work in virtual breakout rooms.

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Barometer: Taking a Stand on Controversial Issues

Structure an active class discussion in which students express their opinions by standing along a continuum.

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Big Paper (Remote Learning)

Use this strategy in remote settings to help students explore a topic in-depth, slow down their thinking, and focus on the views of others.

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Big Paper: Building a Silent Conversation

Students have a written conversation with peers and use silence as a tool to explore a topic in depth.

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Bio-poem: Connecting Identity and Poetry

Students clarify aspects of their identity or the identity of a historical or literary figure by writing poems that focus on deeper elements of personal makeup like experiences, relationships, hopes, and interests.

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Café Conversations

Students practice perspective-taking by representing the point of view of an assigned personality in a small-group discussion.


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