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Innovative Strategy for Teaching Abstract Concepts

Hello colleagues, Of course, an essential aspect of any teacher's job is to teach concepts. Many of the concepts we teach are abstract such as linear equations in math, communism in social studies, photosynthesis in science, nouns, verbs and adjectives in language arts, etc.

A favorite blog site I came across recently is Jennifer Gonzalez's Cult of Pedagogy. Gonzalez describes many super interesting, research-based teaching strategies through video, podcast, and text. One topic on the site is how to teach abstract concepts using the "concept attainment strategy." 

The first step is for the teacher to give learners "yes" and "no" examples of the concept being taught. Second, through the list of examples, the students come up with a common definition for the "yes" examples.

What's the third step? Check out the blog and the video and let us know what you think of this innovative approach to teaching concepts.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP