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Strategic Intervention Material (SIM)

Updated on June 2, 2015

Learning Science is Fun

Students are learning when they find the lesson interesting.
Students are learning when they find the lesson interesting. | Source

Studies about learning science reveal that many pupils find the subject difficult. The justifications for this result are also disclosed. The reasons for students’ perception about science are the traditional way of teaching, personality of the teacher and lack of facilities. There is nothing wrong with the traditional way of teaching. However, every generation has different batch of learners. The 1950’s learners are different with the 21st students. These days students are engaged to technologies. Therefore, chalk and talk method of teaching is obsolete or not a good choice.

Another factor that affects the view of the students is the personality of the teacher. Teaching science requires animated, versatile and knowledgeable mentors. Nowadays, students like teachers who are approachable and can relate to their wants including the manner they desire to learn. The last factor that affects students’ perception about science is the lack of facility or misused of the teaching tool. An effective way to teach science is to use tools or representations of the facts. These tools may differ depending on the level of the learners. Graphs and plain powerpoint presentation are suitable for tertiary and post graduate students. These are not appropriate to grade school pupils. Using these teaching aids make basic education students snoring out of boring visuals.

The factors that are revealed in several researches need immediate action to change the views of the students regarding science. One helpful solution is by creating a Strategic Intervention Material (SIM). This is named strategic since teachers need to examine the performance of the pupils in every learning area. Learning competencies with low performance rate are areas to be considered in making SIM. Strategic Intervention Material is used to mediate teaching and learning. Specifically, this helps students learn and perceive difficult lessons as exciting yet achieving activity. This teaching intervention tool in science comes in varied forms. It can be an animated book, attractive video presentation or an interactive computer presentation.

Key Points of this Hub

To understand more about strategic intervention material, the key points of this piece are indicated below:

  • Definition and Goals of Strategic Intervention Material (SIM)

This defines Strategic Intervention Material (SIM) operationally. The goals of SIM are also included in this part.

  • Identify and infer the parts of SIM

This tackles the parts of SIM. This also includes sample pictures and activities to illustrate the parts of SIM.

Definition and Goals of Strategic Intervention Material (SIM)

This teaching-learning kit is devised for the benefit of both teachers and pupils. Its goals are to encourage pupils’ interest; learn science concepts and skills; and apply learned skills and concepts into real life situations.

Strategic intervention material is believed to be an effective strategic teaching aid for teachers in carrying out objectives on least learned lessons. It is a module that contains puzzles, games, vivid illustrations, concept map used to motivate and stir up the attention and interest of the pupils.

Parts of Strategic Intervention Material

1) Cover Page

The cover page must be creative and attractive to the level of pupils being handled. This must contain the school name and address as the heading. The middle part is the eye-catching but topic related title of SIM. Next to the title part is the level of SIM. The level depends on the grade or year of the students. Lastly, the name or names of the proponents complete the parts of the cover page.

An eye-catching cover page invites pupils to discover and like the material.
An eye-catching cover page invites pupils to discover and like the material. | Source

2) Table of Contents

Like a typical book, table of contents is needed to guide pupils of the contents or pages. This includes the pages of Guide Card, Activity Card, Assessment Card, Enrichment Card, Reference Card and Answer Keys.

Table of contents is the map of every learning tool.
Table of contents is the map of every learning tool. | Source

3) Learning Objectives

For every task, list of objectives are very important. This set the goals of every activity. Just like when starting a lesson, SIM needs objectives. Learning objectives give teachers ideas of what to measure at the end of the lesson. This part is composed of the general and specific objectives or tasks.

Teaching objectives must be cleared to the students as well.
Teaching objectives must be cleared to the students as well. | Source

4) Guide Card

This part of the SIM gives a preview of what the students will learn and presents the focus skills. It also challenges the learners in performing the task. A review of the previous lesson is also presented. For catchier Guide Card, an animated icon may be utilized.

Ms. Eco is the Guide Card's icon in this SIM.
Ms. Eco is the Guide Card's icon in this SIM. | Source

5) Activity Card

This provides the activities that are organized.This is based on the sequence of the focus skills. It also provides examples to concretize the concepts, particularly drawn from real-life experience. It also provides questions and elicits explanations, not one-word answer. This serves as easy-part activities for students.

This page is three-dimensional and this uses LED bulb to light some items.
This page is three-dimensional and this uses LED bulb to light some items. | Source

Is the Activity Card appealing to pupils?

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6) Assessment Card

This provides exercises, drills or activities that allow students to assess their understanding of what they learned and correct errors when appropriate. It also monitors their learning and use feedback about their progress.

Rates may differ depending on the SIM items.
Rates may differ depending on the SIM items. | Source

7) Enrichment Card

This provides opportunities for pupils to apply what they have learned in other subject areas or in new contexts.

8) Reference Card

It provides list of resources that will reinforce concepts or skills learned and provide additional content not found in the textbook.

Additional reading materials are relevant to the lesson.
Additional reading materials are relevant to the lesson. | Source

9) Answer Keys

This reveals answers to the given activities. This must be covered so that pupils will not be checking or copying the correct answers.

Answer keys include all the correct and possible answers to the activities included in the SIM.
Answer keys include all the correct and possible answers to the activities included in the SIM. | Source

Your Response Counts

If you are ask to create your own Strategic Intervention Material (SIM), which of the types below are you going to make? Why?

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What intervention do you use in teaching difficult lessons? Are going to use SIM as one of your teaching tools?Please share your response hereunder.

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      Mercuria Menor 

      14 months ago

      hello po. can I download this? thanks

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