We are teachers. We have to think on our feet at every moment of the day. It’s what we do. It’s part of our job. Just like actors on the screen, good teachers make good teaching look effortless. It looks so easy that a passerby might even think, “I could do that!” But honestly, it takes a lot of work to make the art of teaching appear almost effortless. The power of good instruction comes from tapping into every opportunity to engage students.
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) model looks at the cognitive expectations within academic standards, curricular activities, and instructional learning tasks. I’ve created a Depth of Knowledge chart that corresponds to each of the core content areas. You’re welcome to view each chart in this post, or feel free to download the PDF of all four charts at the bottom.
Twitter Summaries are a great way for students to paraphrase and summarize content. If they are reading a piece of text, they can summarize each paragraph in a tweet (and even create their own related hashtag). Or even if the teacher is going through a presentation with the entire class, students can be given time during the presentation to turn each slide of content into a tweet. However you choose to use them in your classroom, Twitter Summaries will bring a modern spin to the process of summarization and note taking.
This post includes a few pre-created samples and a blank Twitter Summary template.
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