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
Implementing a positive reinforcement economy helps to build a positive classroom environment
Circle Up supports students to engage in structured conversations that promote character development and classroom community
Build a strong classroom culture by designing and assigning classroom jobs
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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
The launch for PBL hooks the students' interests, while creating a story, challenge, or problem that needs to be solved
Driving questions initiate and focus the inquiry and learning throughout a project while creating an interest and challenge for students
Student contracts is a student-centered approach to setting expectations for collaboration and contribution during group work
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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
Weekly goal setting allows students to track their individual progress, celebrate achievements, and set goals to help master objectives
Use classroom zones to create a personalized classroom in which students can learn in an environment that best meets their learning needs
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Student-Centered Assessment and Feedback

Give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their progress to support future learning and growth
Support students to demonstrate their understanding and receive immediate feedback
This strategy supports students to create a plan for remediating their missed mastery objectives and work towards re-taking the assessment
Microgrouping to Provide Feedback supports students to receive targeted feedback specific to their learning needs
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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
Fill in the gaps supports students to review assessment data and set goals for improvement over two days in which they work to fill the gaps
Giving students ownership of the pace and of standards they need to master implies giving them access to a self-paced way to access content
Small group sessions support students to practice the content in a smaller setting to support mastery
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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
In order for students to enjoy a rich learning experience, they need to be known by their teachers
In order to enjoy truly collaborative learning communities, students need identify blind spots and develop proactive responses to bias
Students need an inclusive curriculum in order to enjoy a full learning experience
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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
Want to build a culture of learning and empathy driven by students? Make a Positive News Board for students to recognize their peers!
Design classroom visuals that communicate community values and norms, celebrate student work, and affirm student identities to support SEL
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Instructional Leadership

Create an environment of job-embedded professional development that supports teachers to improve their practice
In the months leading up to a coaching year, so many details can be planned ahead of time for a successful launch into coaching
Coaching observations focus on using objective classroom data to identify the impact of a teacher's actions on student learning
To improve our coaching practice we must reflect and develop next steps
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Collaborative Professional Learning

Organize teacher collaboration to establish a professional culture that can meet new challenges and improve student learning
In a Professional Learning Community, many hands make light work
Both observer and observed learn when colleagues collaboratively observe
These three steps support Instructional Leaders to create more personalized and purposeful workshops for their teachers
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