The Think-Aloud is a teaching and learning strategy, teachers put into words the logical thinking processes
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- Boost their academic vocabulary knowledge and understanding.
- ACCELERATE THEIR LEARNING!
- ELIMINATE THE ACHIVMENT GAP!
- Build strategies for decoding new vocabulary.
- Learn that words have multiple meanings, denotations and connotations.
- Build a foundation of listening, questioning, reflecting and thinking strategies they will use the rest of their academic lives.
- Increase reading score exponentially.
- Model 1: The teacher gives a micro-lecture on an academic vocabulary term using a think aloud; students attentively listen and discuss, questing and re-teach concepts.
- Model 2: The teacher introduces an unknown academic vocabulary term and lets students discover the meaning of the word using the think aloud model described above; students look up the words, find contextual exemplars, students attentively listen to each other's ideas and discuss, questing and re-teach concepts.
- Students think aloud in small groups and completing a Lotus Notes Diagram, while the teacher and other students monitor and help.
- Individual students present their think aloud in a Socratic seminar; other peers record ideas on Cornell notes.
- A Teacher or student presents a think aloud orally and the group turns the presentation into an anchor chart.
Boost academic vocabulary knowledge and understanding
Build strategies for decoding new vocabulary
Learn that words have multiple meanings, denotations and connotations
Build a foundation of listening, questioning, reflecting and thinking strategies they will use the rest of their academic lives
Greatly increase reading scores
It creates background knowledge to help students fully interact with a text and comprehend required information prior to reading.
It teaches students how to construct meaning, and how to connect new information with prior knowledge.
It teaches students how to contrast and compare meaning, draw conclusions and make inferences about the meaning of words.