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Are you introducing new concepts? Checking students' comprehension? Reviewing content previously covered? Choose an Active Learning strategy from this section.


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Cognitive processing: build knowledge, comprehension

Overview: At the beginning of a new topic of study, students groups list facts or concepts they know about the upcoming topic. During the opening lecture on the topic, students listen for facts/concepts they listed. When the teacher addresses an item on a group's list, group members raise their hands and receive points for their team.

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Learning Pairs
Cognitive processing: may involve comprehension, application, or problem solving

Overview: Learning pairs may be employed at the beginning, middle, or end of class. Assignments for learning pairs range in complexity from comprehension to problem solving, but the three demonstrations on this site involve comprehension level cognitive processing. Though the input and output vary for each situation, the process involves students pairing with a person sitting next to them and discussing the content suggested by the teacher.


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