Examining Similarities and Differences: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Deepen Their Understanding

Examining Similarities and Differences: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Deepen Their Understanding

by Connie Scoles West, Robert J. Marzano


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Based on the earlier work of Dr. Robert J. Marzano, this instructional guide provides explicit steps, examples, and adaptations to help educators effectively teach students how to examine similarities and differences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941112052
Publisher: Learning Sciences
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Marzano Center: Essentials for Achieving Rigor Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,000,992
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Connie Scoles West, BSEd, MEd, spent her career in K-12 education as a classroom teacher and administrator in Cincinnati, Ohio, before joining Learning Sciences International as an independent staff developer in 2012. Connie brings expertise to her work from years of experience in a broad spectrum of leadership roles, including gifted education, mentoring, instructional coaching, school improvement, curriculum, professional development, and teacher evaluation. She has presented at numerous conferences on topics in literacy, mathematics, coaching, and curriculum and instruction. Connie earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is a nationally recognized education researcher, speaker, trainer, and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are widely practiced internationally by both teachers and administrators.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

About the Authors ix

Introduction 1

Examining Similarities and Differences 5

Instructional Technique 1 Comapring Using Sentence Stems, Summarizers, and Constructed Responses 15

Instructional Technique 2 Comparing Using Graphic Organizers 29

Instructional Technique 3 Classifying Using Sorting, Matching, and Categorizing 43

Instructional Technique 4 Classifying Using Graphic Organizers 55

Instructional Technique 5 Comparing by Creating Metaphors and Similes 67

Instructional Technique 6 Comparing by Creating Analogies 81

Conclusion 93

Resources 95

References 105

Index 109

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