teaching children with the whats

Good teachers know that the best teaching strategies are based on research. Most of this research looks at how students take in what they’re learning and how the best teachers give students information. Here are some teaching strategies that work for all children, including those with learning and attention issues.

The best teachers make sure students really understand the skills they need for the day’s lesson. That’s because the new lesson builds on the lesson of the day before. A study found that when teachers spent eight minutes every day going over homework and common mistakes, and practicing skills their students needed to memorize, students got higher test scores.

The place in our brains where we process information is small—so when we’re asked to learn too much at one time, we can get overwhelmed. A strategy called “chunking” can help with this. Chunking means teaching in small steps while checking for understanding along the way.