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Collaborative Notetaking

Activity aim:  To share notetaking strategies; to report back on group work in a more efficient way; to keep track of what happened during a learning activity for students’ later reference; to share questions and confusion in real time Materials: … Continue reading Collaborative Notetaking

Geordi and Data from Star Trek stand next to each other. Data holds a calculator, and Geordi points to the camera. They're standing in front of a control room.

Think / pair / share

Activity aim: To get students to synthesize the most important “takeaways”; to build student confidence to ask questions; to have students reflect on their points of confusion Materials: Nothing! Activity description: Think / pair / share is probably the simplest … Continue reading Think / pair / share

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“Writing to Learn” Journals (Interdisciplinary)

Activity aim: To provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their learning or find the gaps in their own understanding; to review key concepts; to check understanding after a more passive task Materials needed: Each students needs a pen and … Continue reading “Writing to Learn” Journals (Interdisciplinary)

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The Muddiest Point and the Clearest Point

  Activity aim: to find out what students find unclear; to have students (themselves) reflect on what they do and don’t understand Materials needed: You can require students to bring notecards or provide them yourself, or you can just have … Continue reading The Muddiest Point and the Clearest Point