How do you help students to incorporate prior knowledge with the new ideas and content you are teaching to them?

Answer

When you are introducing a new idea or concept you should start out by going over the prior knowledge that will assist them in understanding the new information. Once you begin to introduce the new information you should make sure to point out where the prior knowledge is helpful. For instance, when teaching subtraction you can point out how you can use the knowledge of addition to find the answer. 9 - 7 = ? can be solved by asking 7 plus what equals 9?
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