Strategy of the Week

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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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Teacher-Student Conferencing

Teacher-student conferencing, whether it’s a student showing mastery of evidence or a teacher refocusing a student, is the best way for the teacher and student to get on the same page and move forward together.

Conferencing for the younger students is less scheduled than for the older students, but the students still know where they are, what they need to know, and what they’re working on.

Watch elementary and intermediate teachers map out strategies for conferencing, discuss students’ standards-based education, and more in the following video segment.

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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College and Career Readiness: Project-Based Learning

As the school year comes to a close, students’ futures come to mind. Are students prepared to enter college? How can we prepare them in the most effective way possible?

Through a focus on project-based learning, Kentucky schools prepare students for college and careers by shifting focus from training students for one individual test to training them for life beyond the classroom.

Watch Kentucky’s project-based learning and aligned formative assessments that have shown student improvement with:

  • Engagement and behavior
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Problem-solving techniques

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Classroom Management: Intentional Teacher Errors

Teachers make mistakes in the classroom. That’s inevitable. But, if the teacher intentionally makes mistakes, students who attempt to identify those errors increase their critical thinking in the classroom while learning to critique others’ reasoning.

Evan Stoudt, a secondary teacher from New Orleans, demonstrates how to make the classroom more conducive for critical thinking by making intentional errors. Error analysis is a strategy that allows the teacher to consciously make an error during board work that widens the students’ focus during discussion and learning.

Watch Stoudt’s errors that are:

  • Readily identifiable
  • Require critical thinking
  • Have a solution

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Elementary Classroom Management: Entry and Exit Procedures

Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference in keeping a classroom engaged, motivated, and positive.

Elementary teachers at Akili Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana, demonstrate entry and exit procedures. These procedures help students to transition into and out of class in an efficient and orderly manner, enabling them to maximize instructional time.

Watch the video above, and see how effective entry and exit procedures are:

  • Efficient
  • Orderly
  • Routine
  • Inclusive (involve all students)

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Common Core Lesson: Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources About Pocahontas

Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life? That’s the question of the hour in Mr. Joshua Blanchfield’s 8th grade US History class.

In this PD 360 video segment, Mr. Blanchfield helps his students come to their own conclusions by reading and analyzing both primary sources (John Smith’s own writings) and secondary sources written by historians.

Watch the video and see how:

  • The students identify aspects of the text that reveal the author’s purpose
  • Working together, students determine the central ideas of a primary source
  • Students cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary sources
  • The students cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of secondary sources

This video segment aligns to ELA Literacy standards RH.6-8 1, 2, and 6.

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