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Augusta leads us in a lesson on accelerated building of academic vocabulary and background knowledge. And academic language. She uses a unit on the universe and explains that the students have had lessons on the content and vocabulary of the unit.
She shows us her vocabulary lists and two informational books with vivid picture of objects in the universe. She holds up a sign that reads: Students Understand These Definitions and explains that she really wants the viewers to remember this.
She tells us that she is going to teach us to memorize the definition of black holes and she mimics someone who considers memorization as a dirty word. She explains the reason for memorization of important information, after students have achieved understanding. She tells the story of two students who both understand black holes after lessons about them. When Jamal is asked “What’s a black hole?”, he haltingly explains with imprecise language and lots of “it’s like…. But when Janae is asked, she responds reciting the complete definition that we see on the chart. Augusta pointedly explains that that is teaching toward mastery and that is what we want!
She then uses her Touching the Spirit principles of animated rhythmic recitation, and repetition and teaches us the definition of a black hole. She promises to attach the explanatory paper of the teaching strategy to the video post.
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