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What instructional strategies work best for your students?

Jan 6, 2014 7:58pm

I am trying to find some strategies from other teachers that work for them in their classrooms. Please tell me what you have found that works over and over for you and what might not have been so successful. I have a very challenging class and I am trying to find other ways of reaching them. I thought getting others input would be most helpful.

  • Math
  • Pre K-5
  • Collaboration / Differentiation / Engagement / English Language Learners


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    • Jan 7, 2014 5:17am


      • Jan 12, 2014 4:23pm

        I do a lot of cooperative learning groups. My students are in cooperative learning groups 50-70% of the day. I know that seems like a lot, but my results are amazing. Students are engaged, learning social skills, and learning academics all in one!! I would highly suggest you read anything written by Roger and David Johnson about this topic.

        • Jan 14, 2014 1:06pm

          Have them answer a question about the previous lesson in a notebook and then collect their notebooks and check off that they have all of the responses. You can also give them a grade if they seem to be not doing them.

          • Jan 14, 2014 6:24pm

            Give them a "group" reward when the most challenging child does something great. This is a PBA trick. If the most challenging child is on task and does well, EVERYONE wins. It inspires the whole class.

            • Apr 29, 2014 8:19am

              I follow the Responsive Classroom (RC) social/academic approach to teaching/learning. It provides a pathway to establishing genuine relationships throughout each day by creating a joyful environment for learning. One example is, "morning meeting" that focuses on community building (15-20 minutes). RC believes that Teaching Children to Care is the gateway to students developing the character traits of Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control.
              ~ Diane

              • Dec 19, 2014 8:14pm

                I have a word written in big bubble letters on the board that is something I want them to focus on, for example "transition" or "flexible", then whenever I see that happening, I call it out and fill in part of the word. When the word is filled, they vote on a treat (dance party, PJs to school, etc.). I also use responsive classroom as Diane does, this seems to create a really effective teaching environment for me.