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Monday, November 2, 2009

Instructional Method to Empower Students to Create Their Own Questions for Small Group and Whole Class Discussion: The Six Types of Information

Poster Number Two

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. Accordingly our mentees should know about instructional methods to empower students to generate their own questions. One of those methods is the construct termed the Six Types of Information created by *Richard and Elaine Solomon (1987).
The six types of information are factual, conceptual, experiential, emotional, preferential and informed opinions. Examples of each type of data or information are given within the first graphic organizer at the top of this post.
Once students understand the six types of data or information, the teacher can transition them to the simplified poster (i.e. poster number two) that appears below the first graphic organizer or poster at the top of this post.
This poster, like the Think-Trix and the Q-Matrix ones, can serve as a visual prompt for student-generated questions during a classroom discussion.
* Solomon, R. & Solomon, E. (1987). The Handbook for the Fourth R: Relationship Skills. Columbia, MD: National Institute for Relationship Training, Inc.

On the next post we will share sample content applications of the three visual cueing prompts (i.e. Think-Trix, Q-Matrix and the Six Types of Information) for student generated questions in seven Judaic content areas.

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