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Teach One, See One, Do One


^21st Century Skills Middle/High School Strategy


Working Memory Attention Verbal Reasoning Verbal Memory Abstract Reasoning Visual Memory

Teach One, See One, Do One

All students, particularly those who are fidgety or inattentive during long discussions

How To Apply It!

  1. Learning by experience can be more effective than lecture-style teaching, particularly for students with weaker memory or attention.
  2. First, provide an overview so you are certain the student understands what you will be doing and why.
  3. Work through a problem with the student, providing corrections or answering questions.
  4. After the student has a good level of confidence and understanding, the student tries to do the work independently. This can be with or without a teacher watching.
  5. With the student, reflect on the success and whether or not he can continue trying more independently or it would be better to try another example together.
  6. This approach often works with one-to-one instruction or appropriate pairs of students who can support each other.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

When students merely listen to a teacher's instruction, they might easily lose focus or not even realize what they do not understand. The active engagement of problem solving will keep a student more interested and self-aware of their understanding.