U.S Department of Education | Blue Ribbon School District

Instruction


Increasing Student Achievement:


Instructional Delivery

1.  Begin instructional units by communicating clear learning goals/ objectives both orally and in writing.  Use essential questions, cues, and graphic organizers to represent main concepts and supporting details, and to focus student learning
 
2. Teach the meaning and use of academic vocabulary by asking students to describe the vocabulary in their own words, graphically represent the terms, extend the knowledge of terms in writing, practice words orally with others, and engage in vocabulary games and activities.
3.  Communicate homework and in-class assignments in written and oral forms at the beginning and end of class.  Provide clear, concise, directions, display concrete examples, engage them in guided practice, and provide feedback on the completed homework and in-class assignments.
 
4.  Before presenting new content, activate prior knowledge, identify misconceptions, review previously taught content, and establish a relevant purpose for learning.
5.  Systematically ask students to keep track of their own performance on learning goals, evaluate their performance, celebrate success, establish goals for improvement, and seek help when needed.
 
6. Provide students with opportunities to experience success and acceptance by recognizing students when they show evidence of interest in the content, make progress, and/or demonstrate effort.
7.  Explicitly teach literacy (e.g., reading, writing, speaking) and learning (e.g., note taking, memorizing) skills necessary for successful learning.
 
8.  Demonstrate enthusiasm by varying vocal pitch, intensity, rate, eye contact, movement, facial expressions, and gestures during instruction.
9.  Include opportunities for students to experience enjoyment, belonging, and respect through the effective use of cooperative group activities.
10. Use a variety of ways to engage the students in review and rehearsal of content directly related to the learning objectives.
Ask students to revise and correct errors in their notes and non-linguistic organizers (e.g., graphic organizers, pictures, pictograph, physical model, enactment).
Utilize a variety of print formats (e.g., closed, essay, multiple choice), oral feedback, and products to systematically check for understanding.  
 
11.  Utilize multiple-intelligence frameworks to present/reinforce content:
Verbal/Linguistic intelligence ("word smart"):
Logical-mathematical intelligence ("number/reasoning smart")
Spatial intelligence ("picture smart")
Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence ("body smart")
Musical/Rhythmical intelligence ("music smart")
Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart")
Intrapersonal intelligence ("self smart")
Naturalist intelligence ("nature smart")
12.  Use engaging activities and strategies to encourage students to apply new learning when reading.
 
•Main Ideas
•Supporting Details
•Sequential Relationships
•Comparative Relationships
•Causal Relationships
•Generalizations and Conclusions
•Author's Approach
•Meanings of Words
2/6/07
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