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Concept Comparison Routine (FI)


Demonstrated competence in instructing a group or class through the co-construction and content instruction using Concept Comparison.


Cindy Falke


Awarded badge on May 2, 2019

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Endorsements & Feedback


Has successfully demonstrated fidelity of implementation of this SIM Content Enhancement Routine.

Approved by Helen Barrier, SIM Professional Development Leader.
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Partner with an Active SIM PDer or Specialist

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Partner with an Active SIM Professional Developer or Specialist. Post the name of who you will partner with to complete the badge requirements. Visit to search for someone near you or contact for additional names (some people are not publicly listed). More Info

I am partnered with Helen Barrier.

I am partnered with Helen Barrier, an Active SIM Professional Developer,

Develop a Draft Comparison Table

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Develop and post a draft Comparison Table related to content that predicts the instruction of the content with a group or a class. Follow the Get Ready section to prepare the draft. Practice applying the Linking Steps to develop the draft. Post your draft. More Info

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Co-Construct and Instruct

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Co-construct and instruct with the Comparison Table using the Cue-Do-Review steps with a group or class. Follow the Get Set section to introduce the Comparison Table to students. More Info

Using the Concept Comparison Routine

My coteacher and I used the Concept Comparison Routine in our classes for covering and clarifying information such as McCarthyism vs The Salem Witch Trials, fiction vs non-fiction, simile vs metaphor, and so on. Going through the compare and contrast steps using this graphic organizer proved helpful in cementing different concepts in the minds of students.

Use the Comparison Table Routinely

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Use the Comparison Table routinely with a group or class. Follow the Go! and Win! sections of the guidebook. More Info

Using the Comparison Table

We were able to implement the Comparison Table in multiple classes for different content lessons. We have a small elective English 11 class made up of students who need more practice for the SOLs, and we have larger classes: each with approximately 27 students, some with IEPs and 504s, and also some ESL students. In our co-taught classes, sometimes my co-teacher with lead the lesson while I model filling in the boxes, and for the next lesson, we will reverse roles.

Submit Implementation Portfolio

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Describe: •Group/Student (size, level, student characteristics, etc.) •Length of implementation (days, weeks, months, amount of time per day, days per week, etc.) Include artifacts: •Your draft and final devices •Student devices without student names (HALO) •Post your implementation portfolio More Info

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Submit a Log

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Log: •What went well - Why? •What was a challenge - Why? •What you will do next time •What adjustments you made •Ideas generated for issues encountered •Etc._Post your log._*****Optional: Submit a Student Interview (interview a student about usefulness and implementation)***** More Info

Log / Reflection

1) What went well?  Overall I think the lessons went well. For our small class with more struggling readers, being able to break down the concepts into likes and differences seemed to help them with comprehension and remembering items that used to be confusing. In our larger cotaught class, the students were able to work through and determine the characteristics more quickly, but still found the graphic organizer helpful.

2) What was a challenge? The biggest challenge in the classes I taught was determining the categories to put the characteristics in. Depending on the subject matter, this was more or less difficult.

3) What will you do next time? Working through the draft with my co-teacher has been helpful in fine-tuning the information. I will continue to collaborate with her as we prepare the lesson using the concept-comparison routine.

Engage with SIM Professional Developer

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Tell us about your coaching feedback and follow up. More Info

Coaching / Feedback

We have had SIM Professionals available for reviewing our lessons via email upon request. We have felt that we understood the routine and process after the thorough training we received in the summer.

Video and/or Observation

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Be observed by your professional developer in person or by video conducting the Concept Comparison Routine, using the Cue-Do-Review process. Post the Cue-Do-Review Checklist from your professional developer. More Info

Photos captured from video teaching the Concept Comparison Routine.

Video of me teaching the Concept Comparison Routine on McCarthyism vs. The Crucible to our 11th grade English class, sent to Helen Barrier.

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Completion Date

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Post the date you completed the requirements for this micro-credential. More Info