Do your students know how to make meaningful comparisons?
Academic standards call for increased rigour, but simply raising
complexity is not enough. Students must also be able to examine similarities
and differences within critical content they are learning. They need to know
how to use comparisons, classifications, metaphors and analogies to generalise,
draw conclusions and refine schema, ultimately deepening their understanding of
Examining Similarities & Differences:
Classroom Techniques to Help Students Deepen Their Understanding explores explicit techniques for
mastering a crucial strategy of instructional practice: teaching students to
examine similarities and differences. It includes:
The Essentials for Achieving Rigour series of instructional guides
helps educators become highly skilled at implementing, monitoring and adapting
instruction. Put it to practical use immediately, adopting day-to-day examples
as models for application in your own classroom.