Monthly Archives: June 2014

Instructional Move 7: Quiz, Quiz, Trade

Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a learning strategy that that has students working with multiple partners to review key learning outcomes. The move allows for practice with a large problem set and for students to use each other to problem solve … Continue reading

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Instructional Move Number 8: Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up

In this move, student pair up with other students in the classroom to do two things: 1) share an academic problem they have been working on and 2) work on the problem their partner shares with them. Naturally, there are … Continue reading

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Instructional Move Number 9: Keep It Or Junk It

Two years ago I posted on a move titled, Keep It or Junk It. The approach has students identifying vocabulary from a text they feel is relevant to answering a focus question instead of the teacher prioritizing words for the … Continue reading

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Instructional Move Number 10: Cold Call

“Cold Call” is outlined in Doug Lemov’s book Teach Like a Champion. The move involves calling on students whether they have their hands up or not. The technique has the advantages of keeping the pace of the class moving, increasing … Continue reading

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Instructional Moves to Help you with the Common Core

Over the course of the last three years, as teachers asked for assistance with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, three questions consistently came up: What is the research that governs why we are being asked to shift … Continue reading

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Social Emotional Learning and CCSS Presentation Materials

As part of an effort to bridge the Common Core State Standards and Social Emotional Learning, district educators worked to find classroom examples and instructional techniques that addressed both outcomes simultaneously. This was part of the SEL Site-Based Implementation Training. … Continue reading

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Integrating Fluency and Syntax Instruction with Complex Text

In the video linked here, Dr. Timothy Shanahan describes the value of students developing fluency with “hard” text and its syntax. Although the video is short, it is includes a lot of good information including a short lesson demonstration of … Continue reading

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