No Series: Too Hard? Break It Down!

Too Hard? Break It Down!

Lesson Objective: Simplify to make content accessible
All Grades / All Subjects / Scaffolding
2 MIN

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Ms. Park says, "Anything that can be broken down to the basics can be taught." How can you figure out what "the basics" are?
  2. How could you teach students to simplify hard concepts on their own?

74 Comments

  • Private message to Tremere Freeman

 1. I think the basic means going back to the first step.

 2. You can show the student how to take one concepts and simplify it into 2 concepts.

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  • Private message to Franya Bellamy

"Anything that can be brokedown to the basic can be taught". How can you figure out what "the basics" are?

The lesson's content has to be brokendown to smaller or mini lessons. Within the mini lessons Ms. Park can teach the main idea or the topic she is trying to get them to understand.

How could you teach students to simplify hard concept on their own? 

Ms. Park can model how to break the lessons down in smaller lessons and have the students do this by using the parts of the hard concept that they understand.

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  • Private message to Saundra Williams

1. Ms. Park says, "Anything that can be broken down to the basics can be taught. "How can you figure out "the basics" are? I believe that the teach must be prepared and farmilar with the lesson plan and the object of what is to be taught.  Upon being farmilar with the lesson and its objective, the teacher then can break it down into smaller fragments in which the learner can grasp. 

2. How can you teach students to simplify hard concepts on their own? Familarity breads understanding and students become familiar with things through repetition.  By having a students to break down the learning material into small fragments will help them to learn the learner conceputalized the overall concept in phases.  

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  • Private message to Zina Robinson
  1. Ms. Park says, "Anything that can be broken down to the basics can be taught." How can you figure out what "the basics" are?

The basic can be broken down by modifying the lesson being taught. This is call process of illimination by removing a few wrong answers to give them a chance to give the correct answer. Focusing on the important information rather then the whole text.

  1. How could you teach students to simplify hard concepts on their own?

The way I teach my students to simplify hard concepts on their own is to provide them with availibility of using their computer, and reference sheets to guide them. The more they practice, the more they become independent.

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  • Private message to Mary Haulcy

I work with Special Education Student ,their attention span is very short so ,Anything that can be broken down to the basic can be taught is what I use in my class room. I teach first grade self contain students. 
I teach in small segments so that they can process the information in small pieces.

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Transcripts

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    Interviewer: I absolutely think that there is not anything out there that’s too hard. You just have to break

    [00:00]
    Interviewer: I absolutely think that there is not anything out there that’s too hard. You just have to break it down, and know what to focus on and what not to. Anything that can be broken down to the basics can be taught.

    Do plants absorb heat? What on earth does that have to do with the greenhouse? What is your hypothesis?

    The students will always rise to the occasion.

    Yeah, what does the greenhouse effect have to do with global warming?

    Interviewee: Well, the main question is—well temperature change, if carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere.

    Interviewer: They’re hard concepts. For example, with climate change and with the greenhouse effect. What I do at the beginning I say, “You know what, college students are learning about this. High school students, and scientists who are a lot older than you. This is what they’re doing, but I’m gonna challenge you to do it.” They all want to, they’re like, “Bring it on.”

    Ready, set, go.

    Interviewee: Does more CO2 than regular atmosphere affect temperature.

    Interviewer: I know it’s complicated. We’re not hitting everything, but by breaking it down to their very basics, I’m sure that there is portions that they can understand. I do feel like we’re making mini-scientists, and active—proactive students.

    The eleventh graders who do the same thing as you, and you guys are younger than them, but you did it. Tell someone next to you, “We did it.”

    It makes me very proud of them.

    [End of Audio]

School Details

Eastside College Preparatory School
1041 Myrtle Street
East Palo Alto CA 94303
Population: 336

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Teachers

Alma Suney Park
English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies / 6 / Teacher

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