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How to Engage Your Students With “I think, I wonder”

Although the i5E model is typically used to teach science, the “I notice, I wonder” exercise can be incorporated into any subject to start an activity or to weave throughout an activity as a way to engage students and scaffold their interactions between the text and with each other. This technique works very effectively with TPS (think-pair-share). See the video

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The i5Es – How To Use Explain In Your Classroom

The Explain phase of the i5E instructional model has students synthesize and share the information and findings that they gathered from Engage and Explore phases. What is the purpose of Explain? The purpose of the Explain phase is for students to communicate what they have learned in a clear and concise way. Deeper learning and retention happens when students have

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The i5Es Explore – How To Use Explore In Your Classroom

Once you have engaged your students, there should be a natural transition into the Explore phase of the i5E Instructional model. At this point, introduce students to the driving question. The driving question, also called an overarching question, is a clear statement of the question or problem that students must either answer or find the solution to. A good driving

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i5Es Engage – How To Use Engage In Your Classroom

What is the purpose of Engage? As teachers, our goal is to get students intrinsically interested in learning — and this is what engage is all about. You are “engaging” your students when you present them with a common experience that intrigues and introduces them to a new topic. It is important to remember that the i5Es are not a

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