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Strategy

Strategy refers to students purposefully selecting and using techniques and processes in order to construct and communicate meaning.

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Building Students' Strategy for Learning
This is part of the Research and Practice Connections series for adolescent literacy. Just as adolescents use a strategy to play a video game to get to the next level, or to think about and execute a play in sports, they also need to use strategy for learning. Strategy is most powerful when students draw on a wide range of techniques, tools and processes which allow them to be agile in a variety of learning situations. This Connection includes some practical ideas for helping students to develop their own learning strategies.
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Components of Adolescent Literacy: Strategy Video
This video shows students using Strategy, one of the components of adolescent literacy, and how it supports their abilities to think, express, and reflect. The video may be used by teachers with their students, or by professional learning facilitators with classroom teachers, principals and other educators.
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Grade 9 Open Exploring Technologies (TIJ10), Lesson: Reading and Using a Bill of Materials   PDF
     
Promoting Meaningful Student Involvement: Listening to What Students Have to Say
Listen to Chris MacDonald, a student at Riverside Secondary School in Windsor, talk about his use of strategies, and how they've made a difference for his learning. Chris provides insights into the effectiveness of various strategies used by his teachers and comments on how they have helped him to engage more actively with subject content, make connections, and understand material.
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Think Aloud: An Instructional Practice to Make Thinking Visible

A Think Aloud is an instructional scaffold that models thinking processes, making the invisible visible. In a Think Aloud, the teacher verbalizes how effective readers process a text, e.g., by monitoring comprehension and using strategies to construct meaning. Developing metacognitive awareness is an important aspect of learning.

Classroom teachers and professional learning facilitators can use this video to enhance their understanding of how to effectively plan and implement the Think Aloud strategy.
   
     
Professional Learning Community – Focusing on Think Aloud
An interdisciplinary team of teachers engage as a professional learning community with a goal to develop a deeper understanding of thinking aloud and using this instructional practice in the classroom for specific purposes.  Their conversation provides an overview of the 6 different Think Aloud strategies that will be demonstrated.
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Specific Subject Examples of Using Think Aloud in the Classroom Teachers of English, Science, Business, Visual Arts, History, and Math demonstrate how they use a Think Aloud strategy in their classrooms.    
     
English: context clues   MP4
     
Science: access prior knowledge   MP4
     
Business: using transition words   MP4
     
Visual Arts: act it and catch it   MP4
     
History: making inferences   MP4
     
Math: creating a table   MP4