How to utilize students' prior knowledge

07/19/2011 | Edutopia.org

Research shows that learning stems from prior knowledge, meaning that teachers should use students' past experiences to help them learn, writes educator Rebecca Alber. She recommends several activities to tap into students' prior knowledge, including an image brainstorm, picture books, and brainstorming words or phrases that start with each letter of the alphabet. She also suggests a class brainstorm web, in which students come up with words that are related to one primary word.

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