Culture -- in higher education, and in our society -- is at the heart of the matter.
We have reduced K-12 schooling to basic skill acquisition that effectively leaves most students underprepared for college-level learning.
In the absence of high academic and behavioral expectations, less demanding peer norms become dominant.
In the peer culture, time spent on class work, reading, and reflection must be limited; too much of it becomes a stain on a student’s social value.
Reading 3-2-1 When reading, have students record three of the most important ideas from the text, two supporting details for each of the ideas, and one question they have about each of the ideas.
Pyramid 3-2-1 Have the students create a triangle and divide it into three sections horizontally.This strategy provides a structure for students to record their own comprehension and summarize their learning.It also gives teachers the opportunity to identify areas that need re-teaching, as well as areas of student interest. Three After the lesson, have each student record three things he or she learned from the lesson. Two Next, have students record two things that they found interesting and that they’d like to learn more about. One Then, have students record one question they still have about the material. Review Finally, the most important step is to review the students’ responses.In the top section, the students describe how the information learned is applicable to their everyday lives.Academic Vocabulary 3-2-1 To increase comprehension and use of academic language, ask students to explore a concept through 3-2-1. Provide the structure for 3 minutes of conversation using targeted academic language.Of course, since many children will want to participate, there might be more than 3-2-1 ideas/questions in each section.Use Three-Two-One at any time during a lesson to encourage students to think about their learning: Compare and Contrast 3-2-1 As a way to compare and contrast, have students record three similarities between two items, two differences, and one question they still have about them.3-2-1 Secondary Students can write 3-2-1 on their own paper, or you can provide more structure with this template.Colleges focus too much on rankings and pushing students through, and too little on academic rigor and quality.Print This Tool 3-2-1 Elementary Have students record their 3-2-1 responses on this template.For Primary Grades PK-1, this strategy should be used in whole-group rather than as an independent task, with the teacher charting ideas.