Teaching Strategies

We encourage teachers to use student-centered teaching strategies that nurture students' literacy and critical thinking skills within a respectful classroom climate. The strategies suggested here can be used with students of all ages with any academic content.

You'll find a complete list of teaching strategies on this page.

Teaching Strategies

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3-2-1

Gauge students’ understanding and interest in a topic by asking them to describe three takeaways, two questions, and one aspect they most 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

Use this teaching strategy to lead students in a critical analysis of an image and to help enhance 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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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: 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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Biopoem: 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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Character Charts

Provide students with a graphic tool to record and organize information about characters in a text.

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Chunking

Help students approach challenging texts by breaking down content into manageable pieces.

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