How many times do we teach a lesson which hinges on the understanding of what adults consider basic concepts only to discover too late that our students have not grasped this “basic” item?

Concepts are often difficult for middle and high school students to grasp. Cognitively, students this age just have not always developed the ability to think conceptively without help. Studies show that the true skill of thinking and articulating concepts doesn’t develop in most humans until age 16 to 18.

Fortunately, a simple to use teaching tool exists for us to instruct our students about concepts. The following is a brief outline for this strategy.

This free teaching guide includes a description of this teaching strategy, a couple of sample lessons, and a planning form for you to use with your own lesson development.


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