Explanation of Tools
This tool "teachers students to explain the thinking behind their ideas by training them to support their hypotheses, predictions, conclusions, and inferences with 'becauses'."
It can be used to:
- get students in the habit of supporting their ideas with reasons and evidence
- help students extend and elaborate on their thinking
- develop and assess students' understanding of key content
More information and examples of how to use this tool can be found on pages 218-220 in Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works.