4. Teaching Thinking: I believe that teaching students HOW to think, as well as teaching students to think about their thinking (metacognition) is key to students understanding concepts. Teaching thinking and problem solving strategies helps students move up Bloom's levels from basic understanding and recall to interpreting, analyzing, and creating. I truly believe that all levels of learners can benefit and grow when they can internalize information and become more meta cognitive. Ways that I teach thinking: Provide questions for students to ask themselves, using vocabulary definitions to guide thinking through a question or concept, creating graphic organizers that help analyze concepts, labeling when I see students thinking through a question.
5. Literacy and Science: I believe that exposing students to articles about science concepts they are learning in the classroom has a two-fold purpose. First, students are able to really see how what they are learning in the classroom applies to the real world- which also tends to inspire more curiosity about science concepts. I like to pull articles from Newsela.com because they are adapted in such a way that students at multiple learning levels can access the text, comprehend meaning, and draw conclusions. The articles also do a great job mixing content with out of classroom experiences. Secondly, I find that teaching through articles allows me to utilize strategies that help with overall literacy of my students. Making these cross-curricular connections shows students how they can use strategies that they learn in any classroom to help them decode meaning.
6. Technology in the Classroom: I believe it is important to use technology to enhance student learning. I use technology both as an instructional teaching tool, as well as a way to supplement concepts that I have taught. I also utilize technology when students create projects that demonstrate their understanding of concepts. Technology as a teaching tool: Online websites such as Brainpop.com, Study Island, BBC Bitesize Learning, etc. Technology as a supplement: Webquests, Interactive Websites. Technology and Projects: Adobe Spark, Google Classroom, Research projects.