Learning Strategies

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Knowledge Building Circle

As part of this learning strategy, students pose questions, put forth theories, negotiate, and refine their thinking, with the goal of improving the ideas of the entire learning community.
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Knowledge Building Circle

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Considering Perspectives - Step in, Step out, Step back

This learning strategy helps students to develop a respectful approach to taking on another person’s perspective.
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Considering Perspectives - Step in, Step out, Step back

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Crazy 8s

The Crazy 8s learning strategy helps students brainstorm ideas.
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Crazy 8s

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Cost-Benefit Analysis

This is an individual, pair or small group learning strategy which is used to help students organize information for the purpose of making a decision. People often use this method informally to make decisions about their own lives.
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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

This is an individual or small group learning strategy which is used to help students develop online research capabilities as they “hunt” for selected pieces of information using predetermined “clues.”
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Virtual Scavenger Hunt

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Predicting

The skill of predicting involves forecasting what is believed will occur in the future.
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Predicting

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Questioning

The skill of questioning allows students to pursue their ideas and explore the world around them.
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Questioning

Students making a plan

Planning

Planning is a thinking skill that involves identifying methods, materials and a sequence of events to reach a goal, complete a project or accomplish a task.
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Planning

Students observing

Observing

The skill of observing involves using all of the senses, as appropriate, to find out about the characteristics, properties and attributes of objects, places and events.
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Observing

Students making connections

Making Connections

The ability to make connections involves a process of connecting prior knowledge to new knowledge and experiences.
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Making Connections

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Sorting & Classifying

The process of sorting involves grouping objects or events according to their similarities whereas the process of classifying involves grouping objects or events into pre-determined groups.
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Sorting & Classifying

Children exploring pattern blocks

Comparing & Contrasting

Comparing and contrasting are ways of looking at things to determine how they are alike and how they are different.
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Comparing & Contrasting

Student recording data

Recording Data

The skill of recording data involves the documenting of data and observations in a variety of forms in order to preserve it for later use.
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Recording Data

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Working Safely

The skill of working safely involves students taking responsibility for their own safe participation, and the safety of others, during Inquiries and Design & Build challenges.
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Working Safely

Students analyzing and interpreting

Analyzing & Interpreting

Analyzing data is a process of looking for patterns in data that has been collected through inquiry and figuring out about what the patterns might mean. Interpreting the data is a process of trying to explain the patterns that were discovered.
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Analyzing & Interpreting