Think of all the childhood games that combine both the elements of pattern and surprise: duck, duck, goose!, jack-in-the-box, peek-a-boo. Although these are games for very young children, they highlight an important function of our brains — to recognize patterns and block out extraneous information. As they get older, students use this same function of the brain to recognize patterns within larger concepts and themes.
However, in order to overcome our students’ tendency to block out information they already know (or assume they know) teachers must plan conceptual teaching methods in a way that leads students to new learning. In this course, your teachers will learn how to use conceptual teaching to leverage their students’ backgrounds and prior knowledge in order to connect them to new learning. Recognizing that each student has their own unique learning style and approach to the content will help your teachers create meaningful and rich learning experiences.
In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:
- How teaching through the lens of themes and concepts encourages student investment across content areas
- Tools for using universal themes in lesson planning
- How to use conceptual teaching to fulfill T-TESS Planning Dimension 1.3: Student Knowledge