- Analogies — Make comparisons. Compare daily life in the Civil War to daily life in World War II? (Social Studies)
- Stories — Tell a story about a certain experience, focusing on the choices you had to make along the way. (Health)
- Numerical Representations — Have your students examine what happened during the Depression using graphic data. (Economics)
- Visual Explanations — Challenge your class to imagine that the characters in Othello are on a football team and then describe the role of each character. (English)
- Dramatic Interpretations — Have students role-play a Supreme Court case based on a constitutional amendment you are studying. (Government)
- Essential Questions — Ask the big questions, such as "Why do living creatures have to die?" (Biology)
- Hands-On or Manipulative Techniques — Have students design and build a city or structure using the shapes and concepts we have studied lately.
This article was adapted from The Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Effective Instruction by Jim Burke, © 2008, published by Scholastic.This book is available in the Scholastic Teacher Store.