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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Increasing Student Understanding

"Researcher Robert Marzano in Making Standards Useful In The Classroom concluded that if teachers simply included why students were learning what they were learning and how it would help them as a learner in every lesson, then student understanding would increase by 80%."
Following is an article on the "why and watch me" traditionally used at the elementary levels.  As I visit high school classrooms, I am noticing effective teachers in all content areas use the same strategy.  Take a look and see how it applies to your classroom.  It will open the door wider and allow all of your students access.
 
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan show how the "why and watch me" strategy can make the abstract concrete for struggling readers: