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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.