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Nine Best Practices that Make the Difference

Educators Brian Pete and Robin Fogarty present research-based instructional ideas that encompass an essential repertoire for beginning and developing teachers as they become skilled professionals.

Through a meta-analysis of studies on instructional strategies, they have identified nine families of strategies that significantly increase student achievement. The results of this meta-analysis point educator to a proven pedagogy with teacher-tested, tried-and-true techniques that work to increase student achievement through cognitive and cooperative efforts.

The skills are organized in a 'framework for quality' that includes observable skills in four instructional areas:

  • Creating an Environment for Learning,
  • Teaching the Standards of Learning
  • Structuring Interactions with Learning,
  • Reflecting about the Learning.

This is useful reading for anyone who wants to develop as a teacher.