Each month I will be highlighting one new learning strategy and will share it via email to all staff. It is my hope that you will add it to your teaching toolbox and test it out in the near future.
Since it will be a new strategy that is not currently on the RCSThinkfromtheMiddle website, I will be seeking teachers who would be willing to participate in testing out the strategy in the classroom with students in order to add sample student work as well as videos and teacher/student reflections on the website.
EXCITING NEWS!!! Just two days after the October Strategy of the Month was emailed out, Ann Prashar used the +1 Routine in her lesson as an ideal way for students to take in a 10 minute video and then recall the most important ideas/concepts for future reference. The lesson was videotaped for inclusion on the RCSThinkfromtheMiddle website, and it will include a teacher reflection as well about the use of the routine. Look for it soon!
This month’s strategy is the E3 Routine. This routine provides a structure for students to investigate possible processes or steps in order to solve a problem. The routine makes sense for the math classroom specifically, but there may be additional ways that it can be applied to other subject areas. Math teachers may choose to pair the routine with some of the lessons and activities that can be found at “Estimation 180”. There are many other visible thinking ideas shared on that website as well.
Please see the attached document that fully explains the protocol for the routine as well as some helpful hints when using this routine. The Routine will be added to the RCSThinkfromtheMiddle website. Please share with me your use of this routine as I would love to be able to add your student work samples, videos, and reflections as well to enhance our website.
Please contact me if I can be of help to you in designing your lesson, or if you would like to be added to the website in some way (student samples, videos, reflections). I look forward to working with you.