Instructional Strategies for Greater Student Achievement

Dr. Harvey Silver is the President of the educational consulting company Silver Strong & Associates and of the publishing company Thoughtful Education Press. He has helped state departments of education across the country and schools and districts around the world to implement more effective teaching strategies.

Dr. Silver has served as a classroom teacher and an administrator for all levels from elementary to graduate. He was worked as a consultant and trainer for ASCD, Rand Corporation, E.T.S, Phi Delta Kappa, and IDEA-Kettering. He is the author of several books and many articles.

Through School Improvement Network products featuring Dr. Harvey Silver, your system will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Discover a framework for accommodating students’ learning styles
  • Learn four teaching strategies that complement students’ learning styles
  • Observe educators applying a variety of teaching strategies for increased student success
  • Discover a framework for accommodating students learning styles
  • Learn four teaching strategies that complement students learning styles
  • Observe educators applying a variety of teaching strategies for increased student success

About the Thoughtful Classroom Framework

The Framework is a comprehensive system for observing, evaluating, and refining classroom practice. Designed in partnership with over 250 teachers and administrators, the ultimate goal of the Framework is to create a common language for talking about high-quality teaching and how classroom practice can be improved. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the Framework makes the work of aligning teacher evaluation with the new standards easier than ever before. Best of all, the Framework is visually organized and fits on one page.

The Framework allows for assessment according to ten dimensions of teaching. Each dimension performs the following functions:

  • Outlines a set of observable teaching indicators and relevant student behaviors associated with effective instruction
  • Includes a four-point rubric for conducting summative evaluations
  • Provides a simple feedback protocol to help administrators provide meaningful feedback to teachers
  • Is guided by an “Essential Question” to help focus classroom observation
  • The ten dimensions of the framework are comprisd of three components: The Four Cornerstones of Effective Teaching, The Five Episodes of Effective Instruction, and Effective Professional Practice: Looking Beyond the Classroom.

The Four Cornerstones of Effective Teaching

Around the Framework you will find the Four Cornerstones of Effective Teaching. These cornerstones represent the universal elements of quality instruction, whether in a kindergarten class, AP Physics lab, or anywhere in between. Without these four cornerstones in place, student learning will be compromised:

  1. Organization, Rules, and Procedures
  2. Positive Relationships
  3. Engagement and Enjoyment
  4. A Culture of Thinking and Learning

The Five Episodes of Effective Instruction

While there are clear and universal elements to good instruction, it is also true that good instruction tends to unfold in a series of distinct learning episodes. By synthesizing the best research on instructional design (Hunter, 1984; Marzano, 2007; Wiggins & McTighe, 2005), we’ve identified five critical episodes that increase the likelihood of deep learning. In these five episodes, teachers work towards distinct instructional purposes:

  1. Preparing Students for New Learning
  2. Presenting New Learning
  3. Deepening and Reinforcing Learning
  4. Applying Learning
  5. Reflecting on and Celebrating Learning

Understanding these five episodes, and their driving purposes, is critical for both the teacher and the observer. Teachers use these episodes to design high-quality lessons and units. For classroom observations, these five episodes immediately orient the observer within the instructional sequence, ensuring that teachers and observers are “on the same page.”

Effective Professional Practice: Looking Beyond the Classroom

The Framework also includes a tenth dimension focused on professional practice. This dimension addresses important non-instructional responsibilities, including the teacher’s commitment to ongoing learning, professionalism, and the school community.

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