Archive for February, 2014

Teach Students to Build Their Own Prior Knowledge | MiddleWeb

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Teachers frustrated by Common Core directions to ignore prior knowledge when teaching text analysis can show students how to do it themselves, says Laura Robb.

Judith Morais‘s insight:

This article explores the importance of activating "prior knowledge"  when reading. The responses to this article demonstrate how this comprehension strategy can be interpreted differently. 


In my intensive language class, the activation of prior knowledge is crucial as it enables students access into texts that often begin as difficult texts and quickly develop over the week into texts they can easily cope with as they then work on productive skills such as speaking and writing. 

As the respondents to this article point out, there may be learning situations when the focus should move away from utilising this strategy.  I don’t see how I can in my situation, but certainly it is possible in the teaching of higher levels.

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