Teachers will learn: • Strategies for introducing students to conceptual learning • Instructional strategies to help students uncover and transfer concepts • How to write concept-based lessons • How to assess for conceptual understanding • How to differentiate in a concept-based classroom • How CBCI aligns with other current best practices and initiatives (like PBL, CCSS, etc.)

What Are the Building Blocks of Concept-Based Instruction?
Chapter 3 What are the building blocks of concept-based instruction?

The previous chapter outlines our recommendations for teachers transitioning to a Concept-Based classroom. For instruction to work, teachers must first create a thinking-centered classroom where students expect iterative learning and understand that the goal is to develop sophisticated and transferable understandings.

Next, we turn our attention to the instructional principles that guide conceptual teachers in designing learning experiences for their students:

  • We need to expose students’ pre-instructional understanding of the concepts and conceptual relationship.
  • A deep understanding of each concept by itself is necessary for a sophisticated understanding of the relationship among several concepts.
  • Students must uncover the conceptual relationship for themselves.
  • Transfer is both a means and an end of conceptual ...
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