March 26, 2016
Less Is More
One teaching strategy that really stirs up the brain is the activity of synthesis—the work of blending and unifying many ideas into one new thought.
One way to get students to synthesize is to challenge them by limiting the amount of words they can use or by keeping their statements to one sentence.
For example, “If you had to sum up your life story in one sentence, how would you characterize your life?” This activity calls for students to distill vast amounts of information into one meaningful statement. It often helps to give them time to write out their “life sentence” and share it with others.