Accessing Prior Knowledge

“I know that you know…”

Accessing prior knowledge to make new connections

What does, accessing prior knowledge mean?

Accessing prior knowledge is when a teacher connects personal experience or background knowledge to the new content, leading to an increase in comprehension. This connects some of the new concepts being discussed to learned knowledge from outside of the classroom.

 In this video, the teacher probes students about concepts she knows they have mastered, while using differentiation to adapt instruction to meet the needs of all of her students.

Here are additional evidence-based practices and professional development opportunities to differentiate your instruction:

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