Tag: student engagement

The six-picture format is versatile enough to use with any type of content

Increase Instructional Rigor with the Six Pictures Activity

The relationships you build with students will impact their performance. The six pictures activity can help you get to know them while increasing student engagement and enhancing your instruction. This versatile strategy helps students: Consider multiple aspects of the content Organize and remember information Distinguish key information from supporting details

6 Classroom Activities to Help Students Express Gratitude

Thanksgiving might be the best holiday to harvest for learning opportunities (no pun intended), but many teachers default to having the students draw turkeys using their hands or making pilgrim hats out of construction paper. That’s a waste. The theme of Thanksgiving is, of course, gratitude. That falls clearly within

Learning Target Deconstruction

By Theresa Staley Of all the “wow!” moments in my educational career, I believe observing my students as they mastered their learning targets has been the most profound. This mastery involved a demonstration of student evidence to show they “got it” and could attach it to larger ideas and concepts. Through

Hey, Teachers! Take the Training Wheels Off

By Kara Bentley To develop into independent thinkers, students need to become autonomous in the classroom. While this doesn’t mean they always need to work independently, it does mean that they need to own their learning; deepen their understanding of instruction, and use provided resources to apply their knowledge to

Helping Students Create Their Own Learning Tasks

By Scott Sterling Teachers should not be the masters of the educational experience of their students. Students should have just as much input into what goes on in the room, especially in the later stages of the learning process. An excellent way to give students this control is through allowing

Using Homework to Deliver New Content

By Scott Sterling Most teachers choose to use their in-class time to deliver new content. The thinking is that students will naturally struggle, productively or otherwise, when they encounter the unknown. When that struggle occurs, the teacher wants to be there. In correlation, homework is reserved for practice. But isn’t

Using Homework to Develop Fluency

By Scott Sterling Fluency in the core subject areas is not much different than fluency in foreign language classes; it is the ability to readily recall new knowledge with very little struggle. It falls under what we call procedural knowledge. Fluency is also a great place for homework to make

Infusing Homework with Declarative Knowledge

By Scott Sterling Too often, homework takes the form of simply practicing knowledge and skills students learned in class. Although that can be an important facet of the learning process, depending on the lesson, it can be much more beneficial to infuse exercises that ask students to work with what

Helping Students Effectively Interact with New Knowledge: Narrative Stories

By Scott Sterling Key in the Marzano Framework’s efforts toward rigor is the concept that students not only need to be taught new knowledge, but how to interact with it. How can they use it? Why is this important? How do we expand on these new ideas? These are all