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Prior knowledge may be the single most important resource in learning information and key to enticing students.  "A large body of findings shows that learning proceeds primarily from prior knowledge, and only secondarily from the presented materials." (Roschelle, 2014). Educational professionals are also asserting that vocabulary knowledge is the single most important factor in improving reading comprehension.  Immediately access the fun, proven strategies for learning new vocabulary within the lesson content, using the WORDTECH strategies provided.

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LC Module: Brainwaves

A variety of approaches to initiate instruction by brainstorming solutions to lesson-related scenarios.

“Brainstorming can be used as an effective method to activate prior knowledge. Available research evidence also supports the general effectiveness of brainstorming techniques compared with the traditional lecture method. Brainstorming elicits higher levels of reflective thinking and creative problem solving, including synthesis, application and evaluation." (Kapel,1988 as stated Keshwan, 2014).
“Collaboration increases understanding and improves quality of output. In the classroom, collaboration dramatically increases opportunities for the body and brain partnership to play an active rather than passive role in learning, thus spurring physiological change in the brain” (Kovalik, n.d. as stated in Cercone, 2006)
“Collaboration has powerful effects on student learning. These effects are seen in the form of higher scores on work completed collaboratively, even when students turn in separate products. In addition, evidence suggests that learning that occurs during collaboration persists. In other words, after collaborating with others, a student’s performance on subsequent, related tasks completed individually tends to be higher than the performance of similar-ability students who only work alone.”(Pearson, Inc., 2011)
There is also evidence that information learned through active discussion is generally retained better than material learned through lecture. Moreover, students often prefer to participate in discussion rather than to be passive learners in a lecture.” (Kapel,1988 as stated Keshwan, 2014).
For collaboration to occur, interaction must occur. Interaction is vital to creating a sense of community, both in the classroom and online. Interaction develops a sense of community, and can promote deeper and richer learning in the learner.” (Cercone, 2006)

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