


Are You Teaching Contextually?
Take this selftest and see. These standards appear to some degree in almost all texts. But contextualized instruction is rich in all nine standards:
 Are new concepts presented in reallife (outside the classroom) situations and experiences that are familiar to the student?
 Are concepts in examples and student exercises presented in the context of their use?
 Are new concepts presented in the context of what the student already knows?
 Do examples and student exercises include many real, believable problemsolving situations?
 Do examples and student exercises cultivate an attitude that says, "I need to learn this?"
 Do students gather and analyze their own data as they are guided in the discovery of important concepts?
 Are opportunities presented for students to gather and analyze their own data for enrichment and extension?
 Do lessons and activities encourage students to apply concepts and information in useful contexts, projecting students into imagined futures (e.g., possible careers) and unfamiliar locations (e.g., workplaces)?
 Are students expected to participate regularly in interactive groups where sharing, communicating, and responding to the important concepts and decisionmaking occur?

