Category: Teacher effectiveness

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Success Criteria: A Five-Star Recipe for Students

By Kara Bentley Teachers, when your students walk into your classroom… Do they know what they’re going to be learning? Do they know what they NEED to know to demonstrate understanding of content? Are they prepared to autonomously apply their knowledge to successfully complete a task? Do they have exemplars

Vision Day at Des Moines Public Schools

Reflecting on a Vision of Instruction at Des Moines Public Schools

By Kara Bentley On August 21, I celebrated in Des Moines with administrators and instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School as we engaged in productive struggle to craft our vision of instruction for the 2017-2018 school year. To succeed at building our new vision as Schools for Rigor, participants had

What Makes a Great Teacher?

By Theresa Staley Teaching requires unrelenting dedication to students, humanity, and our educational craft. Educators accept the roles of parent, coach, advocate, mentor, counselor, and role model, among others. Our profession requires us to develop and sustain intangible interpersonal qualities, what we call “conative skills,” as ambassadors of learning. Conative

Wheels of Fortune: How and Why Learning Target Focus Wheels Should Be Part of Your Instructional Design

By Theresa Staley Learn what learning target focus wheels are, how they improve classroom learning and climate, and see a specific example to implement in your instructional design. Wouldn’t it be spectacular if one student-centered resource could provide all of the assessment information teachers need, and beyond that, build a climate

Five Tips for Engaging Students in a Close Reading of Text

When engaging students in close reading, the goal is to deepen their understanding of the text and the author’s technique for delivering the content. Students can reach higher levels of understanding by engaging in higher levels of cognition. Students engaged in close reading are working in analysis. They need to