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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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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See, Think, Wonder

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

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Shadow Reading

Use this strategy to help students consider, compare, and analyze various perspectives on a complex topic.

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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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