Purpose:To help students learn from visual information
Description: The collaborative listening and viewing guide is a lesson framework to help students learn from information observed and/or heard. It can be used to manage and organize content learned from experiments, demonstrations, lectures, information on field trips or videotapes.
Preview/review information. In this introductory phase, give an overview of the topic, pre-teach significant terms if needed and/or elicit the students' background knowledge on the topic. This information can be organized on the board in the form of a semantic map.
Record individually. Instruct the class to write down significant ideas, concepts, phrases, etc. on the left-hand side of their paper. Students should be instructed to be brief and use abbreviations as needed. Notes should be recorded in sequential order.
Elaborate in small groups. After viewing the video, have the students get into groups to elaborate on their individual notes. Here, they can recall details, extend ideas, add personal anecdotes, etc. Then they record this information on the right hand side of their forms.
Synthesize with Whole Class. Tell the students to contribute what they learned from their group recollections and then record their responses on the board, chart paper, or transparency. This information can then be reorganized as a map, chart, or in outline form if appropriate.
Wood, K.D. (1994) Practical strategies for improving instruction. Columbus, OH: National Middle School Association.