BetterLesson Instructional Strategies

BetterLesson Instructional Strategies provide ready-to-use resources and step-by-step guidance to help education professionals grow in their practice.

Student-Centered Classroom Culture and Design

Develop a collaborative classroom culture in which all students feel safe, respected, and empowered to drive their own learning
Circle Up supports students to engage in structured conversations that promote character development and classroom community
By defining student roles in group work, the teacher can support each student to be successful and support a steady work pace for each group
Students rate how well they embody class values every day in order to reflect and grow
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Project-Based and Experiential Learning

Engage students in real-world, inquiry-based tasks to develop deep content knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills
Driving questions initiate and focus the inquiry and learning throughout a project while creating an interest and challenge for students
Want to assess both content mastery and design thinking/process skills during project based learning? Try the comprehensive PBL rubric!
Starting a unit or project with the end goal in mind helps teachers to authentically integrate all content and plan the steps to achieve the
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Ownership, Choice, and Voice

Build opportunities and systems that empower students to take ownership and agency over their learning process
Choice boards give students autonomy and choice in their learning while allowing teachers to differentiate, observe, and assess in real time
By defining student roles in group work, the teacher can support each student to be successful and support a steady work pace for each group
Weekly goal setting allows students to track their individual progress, celebrate achievements, and set goals to help master objectives
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Student-Centered Assessment and Feedback

Give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their progress to support future learning and growth
Microgrouping to Provide Feedback supports students to receive targeted feedback specific to their learning needs
Provide students with clear criteria to self-assess effectively
This strategy supports students to create a plan for remediating their missed mastery objectives and work towards re-taking the assessment
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Mastery-Based Progressions

Create learning paths that allow students to progress towards learning goals at their own pace based on demonstrations of mastery
In a self-paced or mastery based learning environment, building a mastery map and a network of student experts can help
A pre-assessment is the foundation of a Mastery-Based Progression as it allows students and teacher to focus on what is most needed
A Mastery-Based Progression unleashes students to work at their own pace so creating and monitoring a simple pacing calendar can help
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Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Deliver inclusive content and instruction to ensure students from all cultures have full and equitable access to learning
Being culturally responsive involves learning about your own perceptions of students & then creating equitable learning experiences for them
Effective classroom management creates a welcoming learning environment that supports all learners, even when they experience challenges
In order to enjoy truly collaborative learning communities, students need identify blind spots and develop proactive responses to bias
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Social-Emotional Learning and Habits of Success

Prepare students with the noncognitive skills needed to succeed in school and in life
Teach students to talk about themselves and their work using a growth mindset
Students use self-regulation strategies like mental breaks, body and movement breaks, fidgets, and self-talk to maximize their learning
Greet students as they enter your classroom to build relationships and provide consistency
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Instructional Leadership

Create an environment of job-embedded professional development that supports teachers to improve their practice
Stay in touch with the teaching and learning in your school with quick classroom visits
Setting group work values first leads to more productive and satisfying meetings
Common planning time translates teacher will, skill, and time into personalized, responsive, and effective planning structures
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Collaborative Professional Learning

Organize teacher collaboration to establish a professional culture that can meet new challenges and improve student learning
Change teaching and learning one step at a time using the BetterLesson coaching model
In the months leading up to a coaching year, so many details can be planned ahead of time for a successful launch into coaching
Stay in touch with the teaching and learning in your school with quick classroom visits
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