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ERIC Number: ED501529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Getting To "Got It!" Helping Mathematics Students Reach Deep Understanding. Newsletter
Oakes, Abner; Star, Jon R.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
This newsletter summarizes an IES practice guide titled "Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning," which aims to supplement and inform teachers' instincts and experiences by identifying research-based instructional strategies that teachers of all content areas can use to improve student learning. The practice guide makes seven recommendations: (1) space learning over time; (2) interleave worked example solutions with problem-solving exercises; (3) combine graphics with verbal descriptions; (4) connect and integrate abstract and concrete representations of concepts; (5) use quizzing to promote learning; (6) help students allocate study time efficiently; and (7) ask deep explanatory questions. The strategies of encouraging students to become more metacognitive and asking deep-level questions go hand in hand. The ultimate goal is for students to learn to ask themselves and their peers deep-level questions in order to assess and build their own deep understanding of mathematics. [For the IES practice guide, see ED498555.] [This document was produced by The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, administered by Learning Point Associates, under contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A