The Strategic Instruction Model is a comprehensive approach to teaching learning strategies to students who struggle while becoming fluent and adept readers, writers and learners. The SIM strategies were developed at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL). Targeted strategies teach students how to understand and approach basic and complex academic skills by changing the way a person approaches learning and using information. The SIM strategies focus on making students more active learners by teaching them how to effectively use self-talk to acquire information, store information and demonstrate competence. The strategies teach students how to plan, initiate, monitor and adapt their actions while learning and producing work for school and daily life activities. All of the SIM strategies are empirically and socially validated through extensive research conducted at the KU-CRL.
Word Identification, Visual Imagery Strategy, The Paraphrasing Strategy, Self-Questioning, Inference Strategy, Fundamentals of Summarizing and Paraphrasing
First-Letter Mnemonic, LINCS Vocabulary Strategy, Paired Associates Strategy, Word Mapping Strategy
Expression and Demonstration of Competence:
Fundamentals of Sentence Writing, The Sentence Writing Strategy, The Paragraph Writing Strategy, The Error Monitoring Strategy, The Test-Taking Strategy, InSpect (a strategy for finding and correcting spelling errors), The Assignment Completion Strategy, Theme Writing Strategy, Essay Test-Taking Strategy
These programs are appropriate for upper elementary, middle and high school students. Additionally, Fundamentals of the Sentence Writing Strategy can be used with lower elementary students.
The time it takes to learn each strategy varies depending on the number of sessions scheduled each week and the student’s individual commitment to learning. Many of these strategies can be learned over the summer when other curricular demands are reduced and then generalized during the school year while working on actual assignments.
To learn more about the SIM Strategies, click here http://kucrl.org/sim/
To learn more about the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, click here http://www.ku-crl.org/
Trish is also a Professional Developer for the Strategic Instruction Model strategies. She is certified to train individual teachers or groups of teachers to use the SIM strategies with their students in private practice or in the classroom.