Effective Strategies

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The philosophy of what is a good teacher in Salida rests upon the idea that quality is more important than quantity.  The largest factor regarding student learning is how many minutes a student is engaged in a lesson, not what a teacher is doing.  Thus, there is a sequence to have in your head as a mental map when teaching.  Hurdle 1: does the student perceive the teacher likes them–if not they don’t engage well.  Hurdle 2: does the student think they are capable–if not they don’t engage well.  Hurdle 3: can the student articulate what they are supposed to be learning–if not they their engagement may or may not be focused on the correct thing.  Hurdle 4: is the teacher’s instructional strategy effective–if not the student may or may not gain the learning.

Marzano and others have identified the instructional strategies that have the highest effect on learning.  However, not one of these strategies is a magic bullet.  Just because you use summarizing as a strategy doesn’t mean students will learn regardless.  The most important factor is the teacher intentionally reflecting on the individual students and their learning gaps and then choosing a strategy.  I believe that a teacher’s instructional choice done with intentionality is the most important factor.  A teacher that chooses a generic solution for a generic kid, regardless of the chosen strategy will not yield great results.

The 9 most effective strategies are:

1. Identifying Similarities and Differences

 David’s Notes

2. Summarizing and Note Taking

3. Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition

4. Homework and Practice

5. Nonlinguistic Representations

6. Cooperative Learning

7. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback

8. Generating and Testing Hypotheses

9. Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers

Teaching Vocabulary is also one of the highest yield instructional strategies.


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