Fundamental Five: The Formula for Quality Instruction

Last Updated: 7/1/2021 8:00 PM
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Overview


Framing the Lesson

  • Beginning and end of a lesson
  • Powerful instructional resource
  • Part one - Daily learning objective
    • Addresses a single day of instruction
    • Student friendly language
    • In the form of "We will..."
    • Clearly visible
    • Simple and direct
    • Clear focus
  • Part two - Closing question, product or task
    • Demonstrates learning
    • Student friendly language
    • Proof of learning
    • In the form of "I will..."
  • Increases rigor
  • Video


Work in the Power Zone

  • Teaching or monitoring in close proximity to students
  • On-task behaviors increase
  • Discipline issues decrease
  • Student retention increases
  • Allows teacher to respond to minute changes in student performance and/or behavior
  • Allows teacher to conduct frequent and onging assessment
  • Allows teacher to manage transitions
  • Personal connection/communication with students
  • Video 1
  • Video 2

Frequent, Small Group, Purposeful Talk About the Learning

  • After every 10-15 minutes of teacher driven instruction, or
  • After the completion of a major instructional concept
    • Teacher stops talking
    • Groups of 2-4 students discuss a seed question
    • Structured
    • Focused microdiscussion lasting 30 seconds-3 minutes
  • Teacher remains in the Power Zone throughout FSGPT
  • Impacts student retention
  • Video 1
  • Example 1
  • Example 2


Recognize and Reinforce

  • Academic recognition
    • Giving recognition at all levels of academic success
    • Motivates the pursuit of academic success
  • Social and Behavioral recognition
    • Personalization - recognizing a group or individual student
    • Specifity - recognizing a specific behavior or action
  • Video 1
  • Video 2


Write Critically

  • Purposeful and intentional writing
  • Writing for the purpose of clarifying, organizing, defending, refuting, analyzing, dissecting, connecting, and/or expanding on ideas or concepts
  • Process not an end prodcut
  • Examples: short list, summary, mind map, purposeful note taking, exit ticket, formal essay, etc/
  • Intent to distill abstract thoughts into concrete understandings
  • Video 1
  • Powerpoints

 

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