Instructional tools to meet the
Standards guide, but instruction drives
Long before the Common Core, teachers strove to bring their students to
mastery of academic reading and writing. But for challenging students,
skill-by-skill or strategy-by-strategy lessons and casual workshops have
Teachers need research-based instructional tools designed to
cultivate in students the flexible thinking skills and intellectual initiative
the standards demand.
A process of reading that leads students to deeper
Questioning to guide intensive practice in thinking
Organic development of academic writing from students' interests and
Lesson planning focused on learning outcomes and
Assessment of higher-order skills and
Discipline-specific strategies for Science and Social Studies
Teachers can make these their own through a variety of interactive,
ongoing learning opportunities firmly based in their school's goals and
Workshop. Introduce practical, easily adopted
instructional tools. Teachers can adjust them to their own styles because they
take away full print explanations. Choose from the list above.
Curriculum and lesson planning. Make coherent plans to
incorporate new standards and instruction. Sessions can be one-on-one or in
grade-level, vertical, or content-area groups.
Data review. Take a fresh, comprehensive look at the
data in discussion with your team. Empower teachers to consider needs,
propose goals, plan for changes.
Research study. Share understanding of the principles
behind the strategies and build a school learning community. Get strong,
relevant pieces of research with incisive discussion questions; facilitate the
sessions yourself or bring me in.
Classroom coaching. Give teachers maximum support.
Sensitive feedback and problem-solving based on the issues each teacher
identifies. School leaders can co-coach to prepare to take
Use the full array of services, or choose
among them to fill gaps in your current professional development program.