Strategy of the Week

Peer Guidance for Student Misconceptions

With the proper supervision, peer guidance is often just as helpful as teacher guidance.  When students are given the freedom to teach and learn from their fellow classmates, the classroom blossoms for students and teachers alike.

Watch 4th grade teacher Shannon Washburn from Louisville, Kentucky, guide her students to help their peers clarify misconceptions about representing fractions on a number line.

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Common Core Math: Attending to Precision

One of the key skills for any math student to learn is defined by Common Core Math Standard 6, which states that mathematically proficient students should know how to calculate accurately and efficiently and communicate precisely to others. This involves accurately expressing numerical values and representing them symbolically.

This video steps into Kentucky classrooms whose teachers highlight the importance of using correct language to express mathematical concepts.

This video aligns to Common Core Standard MP.6

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Implementing Project-Based Learning

White Oak Elementary is utilizing project-based learning where teachers give students authentic, challenging questions and real-world problems. Watch educators collaborate to allot time for mini lessons and follow project-based learning essentials, which include:

  • Significant Content
  • Driving Question
  • Voice and Choice
  • Need to Know
  • In-Depth Inquiry
  • Critique and Revision
  • Presentation

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Critical Approaches to a Literary Text

An English class is most often filled with varying levels of student comprehension. A lesson becomes challenging to mold when trying to fit the individual needs of a class full of students.

High school ELA teacher Ms. Elizabeth Gargis tailors her lesson plan to each of her students when interpreting two stanzas from John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost from contrasting perspectives.

Watch this Common Core-aligned lesson include procedures such as:

  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Guided Reading
  • Group Work
  • Student Presentations

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Evaluating Materials and Methods in a Science Experiment

Jason Niedermeyer shows us a Common Core lesson in action. His AP Biology class at South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, determines the integrity of classmates’ materials and methods notes for completing a diffusion experiment in a lesson plan aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Watch a classroom example of Mr. Niedermeyer teaching through ELA standard 8 and Literacy standard 3

  • 8. Evalutate the hypotheses, data analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information
  • 3. Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text

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Math Practice Standards: Look For and Make Use of Structure

The Common Core Standards outline mathematical skills that will help students confidently solve problems and justify their solutions. Standard 7 notes that math proficient students “look for and make use of structure.”

Watch this standard in action as secondary teachers guide students to:

  • Step back and overview their work
  • Recognize mathematical properties in action
  • Think critically

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Establishing Daily Rituals and Routines

Students need a foundation of classroom behavior. This is created early in a student’s education experience. With the proper consistency and application of these rules, windows begin to open for a heightened learning experience down the road.

To open these windows the Kansas City Missouri School District relies on a student-centered learning system. This is a system where “learning is the constant, time is the variable, and students are the focus.” Teachers and staff received extensive training for this new initiative. One school relays the importance of establishing structure and routine as taught in their training.

Watch educators at Troost Elementary and Faxon Elementary:

  • Convey to students the appropriate behaviors in the classroom
  • Teach students to work individually, in pairs, and in small groups
  • Revisit rules and expectations on a continual basis

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Making Accommodations for English Language Learners

Helping English language learners to excel in a classroom full of fluent English students comes with its extra set of challenges, but if additional time and tools are set aside, the reward far outweighs those challenges.

Jo Gusman, president and founder of New Horizons in Education, assured, “If we make our decisions based on foundation, frameworks, and tools, then we will be successful.” Specifically, the tools used should use visual, oral, auditory, and kinesthetic adaptations to modify instructional delivery.

Watch Gusman provide examples for elementary and secondary classrooms.

Learning Goals: Sound Assessment and Goal Clarity

Creating a vision for the future is the foundation for motivation. Setting specific learning goals with students prior to the actual learning gives students the foundation they need to approach learning and allows teachers to effectively assess each student.

Education expert and noted author Jay McTighe encourages his mantra that the primary purpose of assessment should be to promote student learning. He prioritized five key learning goals that range from short-term factual goals to long-term application goals. Watch him explain this list that includes:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills & Processes
  • Understanding
  • Habits of Mind
  • Long-Term Transfer Goals

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