Education Drivers

Planning

Lesson planning is essential for effective teaching. It organizes the depth and breadth of daily lessons so they align with long-range goals as well as state and national standards. Effective teachers develop instructional objectives that establish measurable outcomes of what a learner will do as a result of instruction. Objectives must be organized around major themes that connect content and learning, leading to concepts and skills used in higher order thinking. Careful preparation is required to ensure that students have the prerequisite skills to master new lessons. Planning is needed to effectively sequence content in a logical order for learning that builds on past knowledge and skills needed in future lessons. Successful instruction requires teachers to procure resources in advance and allot sufficient time for students to master assignments. Effective teachers need to include previously mastered content in future lessons so that skills and knowledge are maintained. They must incorporate formative assessment in lessons to ensure that students are progressing and that enrichment and remediation opportunities are made available as necessary.

Data Mining

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What teaching strategies make a difference in improving student performance?
This analysis looks at meta-analyses on teaching strategies that have the largest effect on student achievement.
States, J. (2011). What teaching strategies make a difference in improving student performance? Retrieved from what-teaching-strategies-make.
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Improving America's Schools through Standards-Based Education. Introduction

This article provides some historical background for the standards-based education movement and introduces essays exploring the movement from various perspectives. Although some educators remain skeptical, standards-based education may be a powerful school-improvement tool.

Buttram, J. L., & Waters, T. (1997). Improving America's Schools through Standards-Based Education. Introduction. NASSP Bulletin, 81(590), 1-6.

Qualities of effective teachers

Stronge synthesizes research to identify specific teacher behaviors that contribute to student achievement. Rather than look at outside factors like demographics, district leadership, and state mandates, Stronge focuses specifically on what teachers can control: their own preparation, personality, and practices.

Stronge, J. H. (2007). Qualities of effective teachers. ASCD.

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Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

This web site provides strategies for effective lesson planning.

Ed Tech Teachers: Best of History Web Sites

Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories and has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students; however, general history enthusiasts will benefit from the site as well.

National Council of Teachers of English

This web site provides resources for teachers of English in lesson plans and other teaching resources.

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