by Jim Burke
  1. Analogies — Make comparisons. Compare daily life in the Civil War to daily life in World War II? (Social Studies)

  2. Stories — Tell a story about a certain experience, focusing on the choices you had to make along the way. (Health)

  3. Numerical Representations — Have your students examine what happened during the Depression using graphic data. (Economics)

  4. 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)

  5. Dramatic Interpretations — Have students role-play a Supreme Court case based on a constitutional amendment you are studying. (Government)

  6. Essential Questions — Ask the big questions, such as "Why do living creatures have to die?" (Biology)

  7. 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.

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