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Instructional Method Taba and Concept Developments

Socratic Seminar

Questioning (levels of inquiry)

Description Students will read a passage(s) and look for key words that relate to an overall concept Students will organize words into groups to show concept development into categories Students will rearrange words to identify multiple categories for concept Student-led discussion of topic after reading information on topic Students arrangement can be varied, but typically in some sort of circle with inner circle or smaller versions of the like Levels of Inquiry: level 1: answers can be found in the text; asks for facts about what has been heard or read Level 2: answer can be inferred from the text; abstract Level 3: answer goes beyond the text; make judgments, justify opinions promotes higherthinking and creative skills to solve real-life problems engages writing, research, reflection Gives minimal information to a problem that must be solved (similar to a simulation) Hands-on problem solving activity based on information


Concept-based learning Can be hands-on with vocabulary rearrangement and category development Promotes higherthinking skills to determine concept and categories

Limitations Subject engagement

Promotes engagement in higher-levels of communication Provides higher-level thinking questioning Promotes higher-level responses Interactive checks for understanding KWL paying attention comprehension discussion curiosity

Could be intimidating to less extroverted individuals Can get off topic if not structured

Creative Problem Solving/Creative Thinking

Authenticity Learning how to learn Higher order thinking Relevance and context Motivation No right answer

Ill-structured-could be overwhelming for students

Bruners Structure of Intellect

Service Learning

Project-based learning done through proving a service Process to product

Assigns students rolespromotes leadership Interactive Promotes higher thinking skills to actively solve a problem Hands-on learning and problem-solving Creative thinking skills Encourages leadership as well as teamwork

Motivation Engagement in information and/or activity No right answer Can be unreachable in reality to complete Funding and/or approval not always available Can be more difficult for audio learners Keeping students engaged

Visual Thinking Strategies


Learning through analyzing visual representations Creates scenario that is played out through creative thinking and higher-ordered questioning

Hands on Gives a visual for visual learners Students have assigned roles (agents) Teachers are facilitators Student-based Problem solving No right answer