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Combinations: KWL
KWL was used with an article to introduce a new unit to electronic students. I wanted to emphasize the history of the concept being taught, as the textbook is weak in this area. I specifically wanted to spotlight an inventor and his discoveries and their impact on electronics. We did the "Know" column on the board as a large group. Students were actively involved. When it came to "Things I Want to Know" there was stoney silence. Students completed the "What I Learned" column on their own, then we discussed it in the large group.
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Useful but Needs to Be Modified
I can see how this strategy can connect the "know" to the new knowledge. However, I'd tweak it a bit before using it again. I liked doing the "Know" section in a large group. There was intense competition to participate, and things got lively in a hurry! However, next time I will change the middle column to what's EXPECTED to know and write in some starters myself before soliciting information from students. I would also have students take notes at the end to see what has been learned collectively. That way they're learning from each other.
The educator applied this strategy to the following subject areas:
Technology Ed
Grade Level
The educator applied this strategy to the following grade levels:
Grade 11
Grade 12
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Average and Above Grade Level