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Becoming an instructional expert

Exploring and sharing the key conditions that support the mastery of proven instructional strategies central to successful teaching and learning, in particular, what it means for teachers to possess deep content knowledge in a subject, and to provide differentiated, rigorous classroom instruction within and across academic disciplines.

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Introducing open-ended problem solving to engage students in mathematical procedures and outcomes.

Traditionally, teaching problem-solving in mathematics includes presenting students with “closed problems” that encourage them to follow a single procedure to reach a single outcome. I’m moving away from this approach in my class. Instead, I’m encouraging students to approach math problems with many different strategies for reaching a single solution. I’m also asking them to help establish a context for specific…

Using author’s craft to build student comprehension and to model writing.

Looking at literature closely helps build comprehension and eventually students can use the strategies they identify in their own writing. In my capacity as an instructional coach in literacy, it’s central to my practice to help build confidence of both students and teachers. I work with teachers in lesson planning, do observations in the classroom,…

Employing “interactive modeling” to teach students the procedures for math word problems.

Employing “interactive modeling” to teach students the procedures for math word problems.

Preparing students for mathematical problems by introducing real-world contexts connected to their lives

Preparing students for mathematical problems by introducing real-world contexts connected to their lives

Encouraging students to work collaboratively to form and synthesize their ideas.

Encouraging students to look at a variety of texts to better collaboratively synthesize and construct their responses.

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