It starts with a change in mindset: You aren't teaching a tech tool, you're teaching its application to learning.For example, using the book report scenario, discuss these with students: What are the basics of each reporting method?These teens deserve stories that tell the truth about their experience. Literature can show us how ordinary people cope in the face of struggle and pain. What they all have in common is a main character who finds himself or herself in a terrible situation, but finds a way to respond with strength and hope.
More recently, Marzano's research in “The Art and Science of Teaching” (2007) reconfirmed that asking students to identify similarities and differences through comparative analysis leads to eye-opening gains in student achievement. Whenever I have a chance, I ask students to make a choice between two -- or more -- digital tools that can be used to solve a problem or prepare a project.
I don't want to make the decision for them; I want them to mentally compare and contrast.
Violence, abuse, and trauma are never easy to stomach—in literature or in life.
And yet if you talk to adults who actually work with teens, you soon learn that there are plenty of young people living the situations we see depicted in YA lit.
For instance, you can build a table with students that includes all the pertinent parts and then fill it in together.
I start this in 1st grade, when students have used both software and online tools and likely don't realize they're completely different tools.Compare/contrast these differences and how the student wants to communicate.That will help him/her reach a decision on their best choice The first time you present this sort of decision matrix to students, they may ask you to pick for them. Help them evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses, but the ultimate choice is theirs.For example, if I ask them to write a report using a word processing tool (Word, Google Docs), they are welcome to convince me a slideshow or video would be a better choice, but they have to make their argument based on logic and evidence, comparing and contrasting their approach to mine.Offering options in the digital tools they use to communicate their knowledge encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and you as the teacher to differentiate for their needs without a lot of extra work.Most articles in Young adult literature has long been criticized for being too dark.It’s true that many YA authors choose to write about difficult topics.Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources (9-10 grade reading standards -- history).It also appears multiple times for most grade levels in the math standards, including the standards for mathematical practice. Look at what Harvey Silver says in his book, “ “By compiling the available research on effective instruction, Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock found that strategies that engage students in comparative thinking had the greatest effect on student achievement, leading to an average percentile gain of 45 points.To students, knowing how to “compare and contrast” sounds academic, not real-world, but we teachers know most of life is choosing between options.The better adults are at this skill, the more they thrive in the world.