†††††††††††††††††††††††† List of Strategies to Promote Meaning in Your Instruction
- Meaning: Focuses on conceptual understanding, not just role learning.† Help students build sophisticated understanding of the world and its people.
- Connect: Connect studentsí prior experiences to content area.
- Many kinds of print: Connect students to different genres in print; include posters, recipes, student-generated work, letters and signs.
- Newspaper & current periodicals: Connect students with examples of what you are studying in periodicals and the world today.
- Technology: Connect students by accessing information from around the world through the Internet.† Use video disks, Web-sites
o Ex. (Dyer Street Cool Links)
- Models: Use physical models to provide opportunities to study hard-to-reach phenomena such as atoms, planets, rockets or the human heart.
- Graphic organizers: Provide visual displays of your information to support auditory input.† Use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast to provide meaning.
- Food: Try foods form different places or that illustrate different scientific or mathematical applications.
o Ex. pizza for fractions or to graph items on a slice of pizza
- Works of art: Reproductions of great works of art to set the stage for the study of concepts from the content area.
- Class Specialist: Assign a class specialist in art, music, writing, and poetry to perform or explain a concept from class.† Students who are good at one subject will relate their specialty to the class theme of the week.
- Music: Find recording to support your study of history and culture.