Robert Marzano has identified nine instructional strategies that classroom teachers can utilize to improve instruction in the classroom. Our schools have been focusing on identifying similarities and differences this month which yields a 45 percentile gain in academics. When working with students on this strategy, the students have to break concepts into similar and different characteristics.
There are four effective forms when identifying similarities and differences which include comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies that teachers should use in the classroom. Teachers can utilize various ways to showcase the similarities and differences by using T-charts, Venn Diagrams, Thinking Maps, Cause and Effect organizers, Compare and Contrast organizers, QAR, and the Frayer Model.