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Seven Transfer Strategies

Transfer Strategy #1: Understand Transfer  Link

KNOW ABOUT AND UNDERSTAND the concept of transfer. Read about transfer and discuss its relevance to the process.

Transfer Strategy #2: Set Expectations

SET EXPECTATIONS for the transfer. Elicit examples of when the information, skill or concept is used in other content or life situations. Ask students how they might use this new learning; how it connects to past experiences; how it might be useful in particular subject areas or life situations.

Transfer Strategy #3: Model with Authentic Artifacts

MODEL EXAMPLES of how the skill or strategy has been used by showing or referring to explicit models. Share specific examples through real "artifacts" collected from students and/or teachers - people using the ideas.

Transfer Strategy #4: Reflect Metacognitively


Innovate? Take ideas beyond the initial conception; risk; diverge; invent?

Associate? Carry the strategy or idea to other content and into life situations; strategize; map?

Integrate? Combine with other ideas and situations; use with a raised consciousness?

Replicate? Tailor, but apply in similar situations; all looking alike; replicate, customize?

Duplicate? Perform the drill exactly as practiced; Copy with no change?

Transfer Strategy #5: Plot an Application

PLOT AN APPLICATION with the Tiny Transfer Book. Record application ideas for your content and your kids. Work collaboratively, if possible, to brainstorm purposeful ideas.

Transfer Strategy #6: Try Something Immediately

TRY THE NEW IDEA in your work setting ASAP. The sooner you use it, the better the chances are that if will become part of your repertoire.

Transfer Strategy #7: Dialogue About Transfer with Hugging/Bridging Questions

USE THE HUGGING AND BRIDGING QUESTIONS listed below to connect ideas from the training setting to the classroom setting:

INNOVATE: "Outside of school, I could use ____________________________ when _______________________________________________."

STRATEGIZE: "In ___________, I'm gonna use __________________________ to help ______________________________________________."

INTEGRATE: "_________________ is like _______________________because both ________________________________________________."

REPLICATE : "Next time I'm gonna ____________________________________________________________________________."

DUPLICATE : "I wish I'd known about ______________when_______________ because I could've ____________________________________."

OVERLOOK: "I would not use __________ when _______________________."