What is prior knowledge, anyway? Well, here's our fancy educators' definition:
Readers activate what they currently understand or misunderstand about the topic and use this knowledge before, during, and after reading to clarify misconceptions and understand the text.
But for your students, try this:
Use what I already know to help understand something new.
So what are we trying to do here? Here's how you'll know when your students get it!
The student will be able to use prior knowledge to help comprehend text and solve problems across the curriculum.
So, how do you make it happen?
- Watch the videos and discuss them with your class.
- Do the student activity. (Coming this spring)
- Talk about Prior Knowledge all year long.
- Try these lesson ideas in your classroom.