The purpose of Building Meaningful Student Connections is to assist students to make meaningful connections between what they already know and what they are to learn in the present instructional lesson or instructional activity.
What is it?
implemented at the beginning of an instructional lesson or activity.
includes three instructional elements ("LIP") that activate student prior knowledge.
teacher links ("L") the math concept/skill to be learned to prior knowledge students already have.
teacher explicitly identifies ("I") the learning objective (i.e. what students will be learning).
teacher provides ("P") meaning to, or a rationale for learning the concept/skill.
implementing "LIP" helps "set the stage" for/prepares students for learning the target math concept skill.
Choose appropriate math concept/skill for instruction.
Explicitly identify the math concept/skill the students will learn. Provide a visual cue for this (e.g. write the math concept/skill on the chalkboard or on a poster).
Ask your students to repeat the learning objective.
Decide what prior knowledge and experiences your students have that relate to the target math concept/skill.
Prepare an engaging way to explicitly relate your students' prior knowledge to the specific math concept/skill you are going to teach.
Think beforehand how the particular math skill you teach has meaning for your students given their age, interests, cultural backgrounds, etc. Provide them a rationale for why the math concept/skill has meaning for them.
Explicitly relate this meaning/rationale to your students in an engaging way.
Research Support For The Instructional Features Of This Instructional Strategy: Baroody (1987); Gagnon & Maccini (2001); Hall (2002); Kennedy and Tipps (1994); Lenz, Alley, & Schumaker (1987); Mercer, Jordan, & Miller (1996); Mercer, Lane, Jordan, Allsopp, & Eisele (1996); Mercer & Mercer (2005); Van De Walle (1994); Van De Walle (2005).