Designs instruction to meet or exceed DESK standards.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers use the Davis Essential Skills and Knowledge standards as a framework for their teaching. The DESK links learning activities to the Utah State Core Curriculum adopted by the school, district and state. Following these standards helps teachers and students know where to go (plan), decide what to do and how to get there (teach), and know when the goal has been reached (check).

What Effective Teachers Consider

What should students know? What should students be able to do? How will I know that students have learned?

  • Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement
    (John A. C. Hattie, 2009)
    This book includes 15 years research and synthesis over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It covers the level of effects of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies.
  • Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning
    (Marc Prensky, 2010)
    This book is a practical resource for the "partnering pedagogy" model, specifically Chapter 5 on Planning: Content to Questions, Questions to Skills.
  • Davis School District, DESK, DESK homepage.
    Website with links to DESK standards in each area, along with instructions on how to access DESK resources through myDSD.
  • Stanford University (various dates), Understanding Language, Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas.
    Website with multiple articles discussing literacy across content areas.
  • New York State Education Department, Engage NY, Core Standard Curriculum.
    Website that has curricular materials aligned to core standards for math and language arts.