In this chapter from The Blended Learning Blueprint for Elementary Teachers, consider how you can move from differentiation to personalized learning, design personalized pathways, and make those pathways work.
This excerpt from Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Secondary, makes the case for conceptual learning and debunks the myth that simply covering the material will cause students to retain it.
Use the strategy of concept attainment, from Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary, with your students, which mimics the brain’s natural concept-formation process by drawing out patterns from examples and nonexamples.
"They want kids to see the world differently, and to be empowered to act differently, because of what they have learned. It seems that the goal of all learning—not just conceptual understanding—is transfer." Read more from Julie Stern, author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary, on Corwin Connect.
Use the guidance in this section from Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Secondary, to begin a conversation with your students about how this type of learning might be different from what they are accustomed to doing.
Use this lesson framework from Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary, to guide your students through the process of generating and testing hypotheses to discover connections between concepts.