Engages students in a variety of best practice instructional strategies and learning activities.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers use a variety of instructional strategies and learning activities to assist student in processing new information and developing new skills. Providing a variety of learning activities to meet learning goals engages and supports students with different learning needs and styles leading to higher level of success as students learn.

When we engage students with a variety of learning activities, we provide the necessary stimuli for students to encounter information and skills in ways that stretch their learning.

What Effective Teachers Consider

Are students using information communication technology (ICT) in a variety of mediums to demonstrate their competency? Will students have opportunities to view and process information in a variety of learning experiences? Do relecutant students have multiple avenues to participate?

  • The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement
    (Traci L. Legend and Michael S. Kuczala, 2010)
  • Teaching Strategies: A Guide to Effective Instruction
    (Donald C. Orlich et al., 2013)
    A practical guide to learn and/or improve commonly used classroom teaching strategies and tactics.
  • Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by Their Brains
    (LouAnne Johnson, 2011)
  • Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College
    (Doug Lemov, 2015)
  • Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner
    (Persida Himmele and William Himmele, 2011)
  • The Teaching Revolution: RTI, Technology, and Differentiation Transform Teaching for the 21st Century
    (William N. Bender and Laura B. Waller, 2011)
  • Bringing Words To Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
    ((Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan))
    Strategies for increasing learning by improving content vocabulary instruction. After a good explanation of the role and importance of academic vocabulary, the authors describe methods for instruction in many content areas.
  • Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Grades 4-12)
    ((Janet Allen))
    Descriptions of very easy, specific techniques for teaching vocabulary. These techniques are divided into five categories. Techniques that:
    1) build background knowledge.
    2) teach words that are critical to comprehension.
    3) provide support during reading an writing.
    4) develop conceptual frameworks for themes, topics, and units of study.
    5) assess understanding of words and concepts.
  • Project Participate, ProjectParticipate.org.
    Inclusion strategies is more than physical presence in the classroom. Attitude is everything.
  • Edutopia, What Works in Education, Edutopia.org.
    Articles, innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future, education, careers, and adult lives: Edutopia, What Works in Education. Use the search bar on this website to find ideas for specific information.
  • How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class, Edutopia.org.
    When students let their minds drift off, they’re losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.
  • Teaching Methods, Pedagogy in Action, Carleton.org.
    A website devoted to current trends in pedagogy.
  • ConcepTests, "On the Cutting Edge," Carleton.edu.
    Conceptual multiple-choice questions that focus on one key concept of an instructor’s learning goals for a lesson.
  • Guided Discovery Problems, "On the Cutting Edge," Carleton.edu.
    Allow students to sequentially uncover layers of scientific information one step at a time and learn new concepts as they do so.
  • Jigsaws, "On the Cutting Edge," Carleton.edu.
    A cooperative learning structure that emphasizes both individual accountability and achievement of group goals.
  • Structured Academic Controversy, "On the Cutting Edge," Carleton.edu.
    A type of cooperative learning strategy in which teams of students learn about a controversial issue from multiple perspectives.
  • 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners, John Spencer (blog).
    Making sense of topics and connecting concepts in a meaningful way.
  • Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation, TeachHub.com.
  • Strategies for Engaging Students’ Attention and Active Participation, Center for Children with Special Needs, Tufts New England Medical Center, A Floating Hospital for Children.
    The information provided are adapted from tips by author Sandra Rief. Developed for the Learning, Education, and Attention in Pediatrics (LEAP) Clinic by the Center for Children with Special Needs.
  • Engaging Students in Learning, University of Washington, Center for Teaching and Learning.
    This website is a portal to great resources on a number of teaching topics: inclusive strategies, flipping the classroom, leading dynamic discussions, large lecture instruction, etc.