Activators: Activity Structures to Engage Students’ Thinking Before Instruction
Activators is a collection of classroom-tested, practical activity structures for getting students’ minds active and engaged prior to introducing new content or skills. Each structure is designed to elicit what students already know about a topic, to surface misconceptions, and to create cognitive hooks for presentation of new material. Many of the structures help students develop higher-level thinking skills. Each structure is fully explained with examples and step-by-step directions. Some lend themselves to use with individuals while others are better used with pairs, small groups, or a full class. Most can be used at all levels with any content.
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