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Essential Questions are open-ended questions that require students to engage in higher-order thinking and lead to deeper understandings about a unit of study or specific subject area. This strategy can be used at any time during a lesson or unit to challenge students. Essential Questions should be revisited as students’
Guiding questions are questions provided to students, either in writing or spoken verbally, while they are working on a task. Asking guiding questions allows students to move to higher levels of thinking by providing more open-ended support that calls students' attention to key details without being prescriptive. Guiding questions might
Teacher Modeling Academic Task
Teacher modeling includes explicit instruction on how to complete a task. When tasks are modeled, students learn by multi-sensory observation. Students observe the teacher thinking aloud (Think Aloud) while attempting to complete the skills required to complete the task.
Whole Body Listening
Whole Body Listening teaches students how to use each part of their body to listen to a speaker. Prior to a listening activity (e.g. mini-lesson, class discussion, presentation), students are taught to watch and listen to the speaker while keeping their voices off and sitting with a calm body. Variations