Monday, October 29, 2012

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #13
Name the Steps
“I” Technique

“We move piecemeal toward mastery and need to remind ourselves over and over what step comes next.”

KEY IDEA:  When possible, give students solution tools – specific steps by which to work or solve problems of the type you’re presenting. This often involves breaking down a complex task into specific steps. 

4 key components: 
  1. Identify the steps:  Breaking complex skills down into steps in order to make them transparent.
  1. Make them “sticky”: Name the identified steps.
    • Use memory devices or mnemonics
    • Use catch phrases.
    • Use metaphors 
  1. Build the Steps: Derive the rules with students from one or several example problems through structured inquiry.
  1. Use two stairways:  students can narrate the process while the teacher switches back and forth between asking questions about the process and questions about the problem. 
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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