Packed with strategies for lesson planning and delivery, this research-based book shows how implementing EDI can improve instruction and raise achievement in diverse classrooms.

Activating Prior Knowledge: Connecting to What Students Already Know

Activating prior knowledge: Connecting to what students already know

Figure 5.1edi lessons connect new learning to students' existing knowledge.

“Students, before we start, I want you to think about this …”

Part I: The Meaning of Activating Prior Knowledge

In an edi lesson, Activating Prior Knowledge (apk) is used to provide a connection between something students already know and the new content they are going to learn.

Students have many things stored in their long-term memories that are related to a new lesson, but they're probably not thinking about any of them at the beginning of the lesson. Activating Prior Knowledge explicitly retrieves pertinent information from long-term memory and places it into working memory so students are now consciously thinking ...

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