Category Archives: Comprehension Strategies

Comprehension Strategies = cognitive awareness about the use of multiple sources of information to monitor, search for information and check for meaning.

Close Looking: Using logos to develop critical thinking

You may know about close reading as a “thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, meanings, etc.” (nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) But have you … Continue reading

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Close Looking: What Does Problem Solving Look Like?

Close looking, “a deep, precise understanding of the (image’s) form, craft, meanings, etc.” (adapted from nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) provides an opportunity to stop, look, and think. We can learn a lot by taking a close look at problem solving in action – … Continue reading

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Looking and wondering: When does a line become an angle?

Take a walk with your students or your child. Search for a line that becomes in interesting shape. The stop, look, question and encourage students to wonder. If it’s not a good day to go outside, have a look at … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff Part 3: Making comparisons

Completing this activity with your colleagues allows you to experience how comparing the old with the new is an engaging cross curricular experience that has many applications for classroom instruction. This activity begins with a homework assignment designed to instill … Continue reading

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Using “old stuff” Part 2: Searching for information

This old phone (found in Nelson Ghost Town, Nevada) provides an opportunity for teachers and students to experience how examining old things (with some guiding questions) provides an opportunity to experience how thinking, analyzing, synthesizing, and sharing information leads to … Continue reading

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Using “old stuff” Part 1: Developing questioning and research skills

Old stuff instills a sense of wonder, provides an authentic start point for developing questions, and creates an engaging focus for research. So . . . let’s celebrate old stuff! Have a look at this bottle and work with your … Continue reading

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Teaching Comprehension: When Graphic Organizers Don’t Work

KWHL, Star, Spider, T-chart, Chain of Events . . . these are a few examples of graphic organizers designed to visually and logically organize a student’s comprehension. While some students use these models effectively, other students simply don’t connect with … Continue reading

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