Skills Development

As educators, we often identify key skills that our students need to learn, but it can be challenging to find activities that specifically address these skills. This part of the Design Lab is devoted to our evolving "Learning Genome" of essential skills, critical for college and career preparation. At this time, we have identified 45 skills. Accompanying each skill description is a growing catalog of associated activities.

As you explore, you will see that each skill is associated with specific learning strategies. The Search Filters will allow you to search for skills associated with individual Common Core Standards, specific content areas, etc.

Metacognition

When reDesign first developed our Framework for Effective Instruction, metacognition (the process of thinking about one's thinking) was rarely discussed by educators. It is our belief that strong metacognitive skills create the gateway to deep, independent learning. These activities will help students learn to analyze the effectiveness of their learning process, their level of understanding, and their capacity to use learning strategies as a tool to tackle unfamiliar material.

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Analyzing Literary Elements

Unlike most textbooks, literature conveys meaning through form and literary tropes as well as through content stated directly.  Formal elements such as line breaks, punctuation, and rhythmic patterns work together with techniques such as allusion, metaphor, and irony to create and enrich meaning.   Students of...

Clarifying Confusion

Skilled learners are adept at identifying when they are confused, and using a variety of strategies to clarify their confusion. Less-skilled learners, however, often will not even notice that they are confused, and if they do notice, they often lack a repertoire of effective strategies to repair the breakdown in...

Generating Questions

Questioning is a critical element of learning that promotes curiosity, focused inquiry, and self-regulation. Deliberate questioning is often the first step towards self-directed, metacognitive learning. Although questioning is natural, many students require explicit instruction in order to be able to apply questioning...

Inner Voice

Effective readers do not just passively decode words on a page, instead they engage actively with a text, thinking and wondering about the form and content of what they are reading.  This ongoing thought process can be considered a learner’s “inner voice,” and students benefit from helping their inner voice to become...

Memory Development

In order for learning to be useful, students need to do more than understand the information initially; they need to remember it later on. This concept sounds simple but is more complex than it seems, since memory itself is complex and multifaceted. There are at least two distinct types of memory, semantic (memory for...

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