Hypothesizing for Depth

Several years ago when I taught music theory, I liked to notate a standard chord progression on the board, but leave the resolution blank.  I would then ask students what they thought would happen next.  Most would respond with the traditional and appropriate resolution.  I would then ask students what would happen if we resolved … Continue reading Hypothesizing for Depth

Reading for Depth

If you haven’t asked students to dig deep into content through reading in quite some time, now might be a great time to do so.  In the book Teaching for Deeper Learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making authors Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver share the following tools for helping students read for understanding … Continue reading Reading for Depth

Comparing for Depth

Comparing is a tremendous method for gaining deeper understanding.  Comparison activities fit well into traditional and non-traditional instructional designs.  In the book Teaching for Deeper Learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making, authors Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver share the following tools to help students make meaningful comparisons in their content: Describe first, then … Continue reading Comparing for Depth