Early Childhood

introducing new concept to students

When beginning a new topic/concept, what's the best way to introduce information? Should I immediately lecture about information, or should I allow some independent exploration? 

Gabriella Hundza
Gabriella Hundza
215 Activity Points

I would allow for some independent exploration at first that way the students can ask questions about the topic, this will also engage the students to want to know more about the topic, thus allowing you to teach agroup of students eager to learn. 

Selena Hernandez
Selena Hernandez
200 Activity Points

Hi Gabriella!

I am a preservice teacher at UNI and have learned that the best way to introduce a topic is to have start with a phenomena. Find something that will get the kids excited and see what they already know about the topic. Then base the information you want to teach off of what they already know.

Akeili Hawkins
Akeili Hawkins
1215 Activity Points

I think this is an excelllent topic to discuss Gabriella!!

Samantha Serna
Samantha Serna
180 Activity Points

Hi! I agree that the best way to start a lesson is with exploration and investigation.  This allows for students to be involved in their own learning process. If they are curious about the topic, that will lead to them wanting to know more. The "lecture" could also be integrated into the experiment or between experiments—depending on what it is. 

Alexandria Teeple
Alexandria Teeple
170 Activity Points

Hi, Gabriella! I have only taught a handful of lessons, but I definitely would say that independent exploration is key to helping your students become naturally curious of the topic at hand!  Once their interest builds, then you can begin teaching them any new information.  However, if they are able to learn this new information themselves then I would definitely let them! I would only "lecture" if needed!  All of this also depends on the grade level you are teaching!  Sometimes at some levels I do think that students need more help making these discoveries compared to other grades.  Hope this helps!

Ashalenia Graham
Ashalenia Graham
985 Activity Points

Recently I have discovered what a discrepant event is, where it is an unexpected turn of events.  You can search on youtube about it and it will give you a list of videos explaining how to create such activities and for what kind of topics you may use it for.  It is a great way to introduce new topics using hands on activities that will catch your students attention which will be useful for an introduction for your students.

Ashley Rivera Lopez
Ashley Rivera Lopez
220 Activity Points

Would you suggest any anchor charts for class discussion? I've seen a lot of techniques to incorporate prior knowledge. Would you suggest this before lecture?

Victoria Zavala
VICTORIA ZAVALA
280 Activity Points

Much does depend on the age of your students and the requirements of the school.  However, I would recommend starting with experience first.  If you can make the experience literally tangible, the thinking is deeper.  As the saying goes, "Your hands think"  Using phenomenon is another approach to introduce concepts.  Then have them bring out their prior knowledge by discussion "that reminds me" "that's like when", etc.  Anchor charts and such are usefyl for building community knowledge, which is also good time to introduce vocabulary

 

Have fun!

Anne

Anne Lowry
Anne Lowry
5690 Activity Points

I agree with starting with experiences! It allows the students to develop deeper connections to the topics.  Plus when you ask questions on their experiences, it's a great segway to get the students curiosity going on why or how those experiences happened.  

Shelby Pickel
Shelby Pickel
190 Activity Points

I agree with starting with experiences! It allows the students to develop deeper connections to the topics.  Plus when you ask questions on their experiences, it's a great segway to get the students curiosity going on why or how those experiences happened.  

Shelby Pickel
Shelby Pickel
190 Activity Points

Hi!  When introducing a new concept to students, I would begin with an activity that will activate the students thinking and also engage them in the new topic.  Once you have their attention and have sparked some questions within them, then you can begin your lecture or lesson.

Jasmine Olivarez
Jasmine Olivarez
100 Activity Points

I think that when beginning a new concept, it is so important to start with the experience or phenomena. When you immediately lecture about the concept, you take all the discovery away from the students. This leads to less engagement with the concept and the students aren’t motivated as much to learn it. Also, the experiences first help students to develop deeper connections to the information that will later be presented about the concept. There may be specific vocabulary that the students need to know before exploring the phenomena that should be introduced at the start of a new concept.  

Lynn Katterhenry
Lynn Katterhenry
820 Activity Points

Hello, I think that it is important to allow for a day or two of independent investigation time. This will allow for the students to begin forming ideas, questions, thoughts, etc. It will also help get your students excited to learn about what they are investigating because now they're curious. It is also a great time for students to have discussions with their peers on what they interpreted. 

Jenna Vojtisek
Jenna Vojtisek
1270 Activity Points

I believe that when you are introducing a new concept to students it is important to give them an opportunity to explore the concept with a hands-on activity. I recently taught the concept of magnetic energy with my students. To introduce the concept to my students, I began the unit with a hands-on activity where the students were able to discover what objects a magnet does/does not attract. My students were able to use a magnet in order to attempt to pick up a variety of objects given to them. This activity encourage the students to predict what objects they believed would "stick" to the magnet, and which ones would not. The students were very engaged in this activity, and allowed for a smooth transition into ideas such as magnetism, magnetic force, and attraction, which are all ideas involved with the concept. I believe that this activity was one of the main reasons my students were so interested in the concept as instruction continued throughout the unit. 

Joseph McMahan
Joseph McMahan
460 Activity Points

Hello! When introducing a new concept to students it is important to give the students time to explore. This can include hands-on activities that are student driven. By having the discovery process be student driven, the students develop their own inquiry. I have recently seen a lesson taught where the lesson started with a see, think, wonder. The lesson was on the desert habitats and the teacher had an image of sand on the board. This can be done with real sand if you have this material. The purpose of the see, think, wonder is to get the students engaged and developing thoughts. The see represents what the students see (patterns, color, texture, etc.) The think is what the students think it is. The wonder represents what the students wonder about the object. The students can write their observations on the board or in their interactive notebooks.

Lydia Johnson
Lydia Johnson
500 Activity Points

Hi Gabriella, 

When introducing a new concept to students it is best to give students the opportunity to explore the new concept with a hands-on activity. Through hands-on activities students are able to visually see, think critically and use their curiosity to find answers. I believe that students are able to grasp a concept better when there is a balance between lecture and exploration and more so when the exploration process is done first. You can introduce your lesson by asking a question, demonstrating some pictures or even showing a video to students and then move to the hands-on activity.  

Dianna Gaspar
Dianna Gaspar
2225 Activity Points

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