Student Engagement: Mastering Complex Information

Students need skilled guides to support them in mastering complex information. Here are some ideas to think about as you build your lesson:

Establishing purpose – Students benefit from having a clear established purpose for learning.

Close Reading – Close reading requires a skilled teacher to resist the urge to tell students the correct answer at the first sign of confusion.

Close reading can be used to promote questions/inquiry from the students as well as allow them to discover specific information.

Collaborative Conversations – It is not enough to have students read information; they also need time to discuss using academic vocabulary.

Read more about helping students master complex information at:

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educationalleadership/

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