Archive for the ‘Strategic Instruction’ Category

What are Learning Intentions and Success Criteria?

You might have heard the term “learning intentions” thrown around a lot on your campus. It’s one of those terms that’s used a lot but often not implemented in the best possible way. Learning intentions are statements that are created by the teacher, and describe clearly what they want their students to know, understand, and […]

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Personal Accounts: The Need for Integrated Decoding and Phonics Skill-Building

In 2019 I’ll be celebrating thirty years as an educator with fourteen years of that time in a high school English classroom. Although perhaps celebrating is the wrong verb, I often think I should go back and apologize to students, particularly those in my first years of teaching, for all the well-intentioned but faulty instruction […]

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What is an Academic Conversation?

Our days are jam-packed full of conversations. We talk about the weather, about sports, about album releases, politics, movies, TV shows we’ve watched, work, food, and so much more. Just the same, our students’ lives are full of conversations. Sometimes these conversations are casual and friendly while other times these are based on whatever they’re […]

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3 Visible Learning Strategies to Improve Literacy

Literacy happens in more places than just our English classrooms. It’s important to practice literacy in all content areas. After all, students who are highly literate perform better throughout their academic career than students who aren’t. Here are three visible learning strategies you can use, regardless of your content area.  1. Create a Project Checklist […]

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5 Mindframes for Teacher Clarity

In their book 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning,  John Hattie and Klaus Zierer provide a list of mindframes for educators that provide teacher clarity. Teacher clarity is all about narrowing and focusing your activities. It happens when teachers cut away the aspects of instruction that don’t really help their students learn and instead identify the […]

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