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Activity Based Strategies | Arts-Based Strategies | Anchor Activities | Cooperative Strategies | Direct Instruction Strategies | Independent Learning Strategies | Inquiry & Research Models | Learning Styles/Multiple Intelligences | Orbital Studies | Scaffolding/Gradual Release | Taped Material | Technology or Media-Based Applications | Thinking Skill Strategies | Varied Texts, Materials
The framework for these pages are based on "The Ontario Curriculum Unit Planner - Teaching/Learning Companion" by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Activity Based Strategies

Arts-Based Strategies

Anchor Activities

  • Anchor activities are assignments that students work on throughout the year whenever they have spare time in class.

Cooperative Strategies

  • Cooperative Learning Checklist - Cooperative learning can be a powerful tool for energizing a classroom, motivating students, and raising achievement. However, any teacher who has used cooperative learning knows that it is not always easy to get kids to work together and stay on task. These are my go-to strategies and a handy checklist to make cooperative learning a success. Read More

Direct Instruction Strategies

Independent Learning Strategies

  • Homework (Varied)
  • Independent Reading
  • Independent Study
  • Learning Contracts
    • Learning contracts begin with an agreement between the teacher and the student. The teacher specifies the necessary skills expected to be learned by the student and the required components of the assignment, while the student identifies methods for completing the tasks. This strategy:
      1. allows students to work at an appropriate pace;
      2. can target learning styles; and
      3. helps students work independently, learn planning skills, and eliminate unnecessary skill practice.
    • For example, a student decides to follow a football team over a two-month period and make inferences about players’ performances based on their scoring patterns and physical characteristics. The student, with the teacher’s guidance, develops a plan for collecting and analyzing the data and conducting research about football. The student decides to create a PowerPoint presentation to present his or her findings to the class.
    • Please drop me a line at Paula.Thompson@yesnet.yk.ca if you would like some information about a learning contract for gifted students.
  • Learning Log/Journal
  • Memorization
  • Note Making
  • Portfolio
  • Reading Response
  • Reflection
  • Report

Inquiry & Research Models

  • Cognitive Skills Model
  • Decision-Making Models
  • Historical/Geographic Inquiry
  • Inquiry Process
  • Mathematical Problem Solving
  • Problem-Based Models
  • Questioning Process (Strategies)
  • Research Process
  • Scientific Method
  • Technical Design Process
  • Writing Process

Learning Styles/Multiple Intelligences

Orbital Studies

Scaffolding/Gradual Release

Welcome to MathVIDS!
A Resource for Teaching Math to Struggling Learners
MathVIDS is an interactive website for teachers who are teaching math to struggling learners made possible through funding by the Virginia Department of Education. The primary theme of MathVIDS is to help educators connect why struggling learners have difficutly learning math to effective instructional practices for these students. Use the navigation menus and links at the top of the page to explore the MathVIDS website and find info and resources pertinent to your interests and needs or click on "site index" at the top right hand corner for a quick overview of the website.
Important features of MathVIDS include:
  • Video models of real teachers in real classrooms using research-supported effective mathematics instruction for struggling learners
  • Teaching plans that describe how these instructional practices can be integrated to teach important mathematical concepts
  • A special section on metacognitive learning strategies for mathematics
  • Accommodations and instructional modifications for specific types of learning difficulties
  • A specially designed "learning community" site that districts, schools, and teacher teams can use for professional development
For additional description/explanation of MathVIDS click any of the titles below:

MathVids on Scaffolding Instruction
Included in the above link are two video clips:
Clip 1: Teacher scaffolds instruction in a Kindergarten class about patterns.
Clip 2: Teacher scaffolds instruction in a grade 4 class about order of operations.

Recommended Reading:
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Taped Material

Under construction.

Technology or Media-Based Applications

How To Teach With Technology: Science and Math http://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-science-math-lessons

Thinking Skill Strategies

    • • M.J. Hobbs Senior Public School in Hapton, Ontario in the
    • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board in Ontario
    • • Grade 8
    • • Mathematics – Proportion
Key Elements
    • • Cooperative Learning – Group problem solving with a focus on individual accountability – Each student recieved a different but essential piece of information that is required to solve the problem
    • • Differentiation by readiness - problems varied in complexity
    • • Use of manipulatives

Varied Texts, Materials

Under construction.