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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See, Think, Wonder

Guide students’ analysis of a photograph, artwork, or video with this simple critical-viewing strategy.

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Socratic Seminar

Have students facilitate a discussion in order to work together toward a shared understanding of a text.

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SPAR (Spontaneous Argumentation)

Use this debate-style activity to strengthen students’ ability to use evidence and examples to defend their positions.

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Stations: Interacting with Multiple Texts

Small groups of students move from station to station to read, watch, and interpret a variety of resources.

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Stick Figure Quotes

Use this creative character-analysis activity to help students develop understanding of and empathy for a literary or historical figure.

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Help students track a story’s main ideas and supporting details by having them illustrate important scenes.

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Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World

Use this strategy to improve students’ reading skills and help them connect ideas in a text to their own lives, current events, and history.

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Think, Pair, Share

Facilitate thoughtful group discussions by having students first share their ideas in writing and with a partner.

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Town Hall Circle

Students mimic a town hall meeting as they share their perspectives on a topic.

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Two-Column Note-Taking

Use this teaching strategy to help students learn how to take notes by identifying "key ideas" in one column and their "responses" in another column.

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Two-Minute Interview

Students interview classmates to gather evidence and ideas about a topic as they practice being active listeners.

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Word Wall

Support students’ tracking of new or important vocabulary by displaying these words in a shared space in the classroom.


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