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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K-W-L Charts

Help students assess what they already know about a topic and what they want to learn.

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Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn

Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.

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Levels of Questions

Help students strengthen their literacy skills by increasing the complexity of the questions they need to answer about a text.

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Life Road Maps

Enrich students’ understanding of a historical or literary figure by having students draw the figure’s life journey.

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Lifted Line Poem

Provide a creative way for students to engage with a text by transforming a line they find meaningful into a poem.

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Living Images: Bringing History to Life

Students recreate historical photographs by performing the scenes in small groups.

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Pick a Number

Introduce students to several perspectives on a topic by having them pick a quotation to explore with their classmates.

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Rapid-Fire Writing

Help students unpack their responses to a text or video using this structured protocol that requires alternating between thinking and writing.

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Read Aloud

Encourage class participation and develop students’ active listening skills by reading aloud text excerpts.

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Reader's Theater

Students create a performance that conveys a text’s message, theme, or conflict.

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S-I-T: Surprising, Interesting, Troubling

Use this quick way for students to demonstrate their engagement with a text, image, or video by having them identify what they find surprising, interesting, and troubling.

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Save the Last Word for Me

This discussion strategy helps students practice being both active speakers and active listeners in a group conversation.

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