Revisiting the Introductory Challenge

In the Introductory Challenge, we presented an assignment that was part of a course on instructional strategies in which two paraprofessional educators were enrolled. The assignment involved matching learning needs with instructional strategies on a crosswalk. We asked you to think about how you might complete the crosswalk. Now we’d like you to look at the crosswalk once again. This time, we’ve filled it out based on our best hunches about the needs that the various strategies address.

When you look at our choices, consider two sets of questions:

  1. Do you agree with our choices? Why or why not?
  2. What are some ideas for using the particular strategy to meet the particular learning need? How can you use each of these ideas with the students with whom you are currently working or with whom you plan to work in the future?

Needs/Strategies

Orienting to a lesson

Seeing a visual representation of a concept

Understanding cause and effect

Structuring study time

Performing well on tests

Identifying the features of a story

Writing about a process

Learning targets

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Advance organizers

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Concept maps

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X

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Story maps

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Fishbone charts

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Venn diagrams

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Crosswalks

X

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T charts

X

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X

Study skills

X

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Metacognitive strategies

X

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Infographics

X

X

Test-taking skills

X