This is one of Lemons-Aid’s first and most popular classes. Now we have a version for younger learners!
Paraphrasing a text in your own words is difficult if you don’t understand it! This class will teach a strategic way to approach a text, whether the subject matter is science, history, or another topic so that you can understand what you are reading. After you understand it, you can then paraphrase the content into your own words, demonstrating your understanding and thinking.
In this class, we will use a social studies passage and students will learn how to:
1. approach a text with the right attitude,
2. examine the text structure,
3. engage their own background knowledge,
4. read while thinking,
5. take notes without plagiarizing, and
6. paraphrase the information in their own words.
We take an “I do, we do, you do” approach to teaching. This means I explicitly teach a concept or skill, which includes teacher modeling. Then I guide students through the process, correcting misconceptions and supporting them as they master the concepts and skills. Last, students have time to practice the skill on their own with teacher feedback to reinforce, enrich, or correct their learning. In this class, students will interact with the instructor and each other.
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Check the offerings of this course on Outschool. Courses on Outschool are secular.
The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching and Learning is Explicit!
Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.
Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.
Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.
Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.
To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.
We have adopted The Master’s Seminary Doctrinal Statement.