This strategy was introduced to us by a Special Education teacher in one of my Lesson Upgrades classes. This teacher had learned of this technique through some professional development sponsored by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.
The class agreed that this was an excellent tool for developing the Story aptitude from A Whole New Mind. When Daniel Pink mentions Story, he says that it is intrinsic to human nature, and that people who can relay their ideas through stories will be more successful in the future.
The LINCS strategy focuses on retention for vocabulary, complete with “connecting stories” and pictures. I think this is a powerful, easy-to-implement technique that could upgrade any lesson plan. What teacher doesn’t have note cards in their class room? And if you take just a small portion of your class time, you will be able to not only enhance your students’ retention, but also their ability to create stories, which will provide them with tools for the 21st Century.
And you will be backed by the extensive research of Dr. Marzano himself. The LINCS strategy combines summarizing, chunking, nonlinguistic representation, building and partial vocabulary just to name a few.
And what about Bloom’s taxonomy? I think you could agree that the LINCS strategy encourages students to analyze and evaluate information.
Is there a way to involve technology? Well if you are feeling “techy”, this same ideas could be used in any number of online formats as well, including PowerPoint or Google Presentation for a cooperative spin.
I have included the brief overview of the technique that was shared with my class. You really should take the 30 seconds to check it out.
For more information on the LINCS strategy, see the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning