Strategies for Success
- Create meaningful essential questions for every lesson that help promote higher level thinking skills, raise student interest, involvement, wonder, and learning.
- Infuse key vocabulary consistently across subjects for optimal student application and engagement.
- Support student collaboration through ideal classroom setup, enabling the teacher to circulate, support, and assess all learners and their individual needs.
- Support student learning through the use of appropriate visuals, multi-sensory presentations, and multi-level activities that engage different styles of learning.
- Utilize classroom space as an interactive learning lab (i.e., walls support instruction visually, through vocabulary, units, and concepts, not for decoration).
- Use questioning techniques which require students to think beyond knowledge or comprehension (e.g., application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation).
- Engage all students in summarization opportunities through discussion and/or writing at pertinent intervals, and by pairing them or using flexible grouping.
- Provide lesson closure (summarization) that requires students to answer the essential question.