By: Allysen Lovstuen
In the Iowa Core five Characteristics of Effective Instruction are identified.
According to documents on the Keystone AEA website some attributes of Teaching for Understanding are:
A few of the things that I use in my classroom in order to keep the focus on Teaching for Understanding are:
High Quality Tasks: This is something that is talked about a lot in math education. Finding tasks that have multiple entry points, challenge students to think, and are in that sweet spot where students are able to acquire new knowledge. It is important that students are able to experience content in new and novel situations where they are building the connections.
Don't Tell Too Much: This is my note to myself. In the past there have been times when I have sabotaged the learning by telling too much. I was buying into the fallacy that the teacher's job is to make the learning easy. Instead I need to focus on providing just enough help and information to keep the struggle productive without taking away the chance engage, struggle, and problem solve.
What do you do in your classroom to keep the focus on Teaching for Understanding? Please share!
by Julia Benson, K-12 ELL Teacher
Differentiating instruction for English learners can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? Consider starting small with one of these practices. They are helpful for all students but especially ELLs.
What strategies have you found effective for instructing English learners?
From Shelley Fairbairn’s and Stephaney Jones-Vo’s book Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners.
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