Student Growth Practices


 

Student Growth Practices

Another thing that I just got, an email this week was through the Institute of Education Sciences, and they released a study looking from pre-kindergarten through third grade in title one schools. And they were looking to see what instructional practices in the schools that they studied, indicated things that they said were worth further IES study – the organization study. But I think they’re probably things that we could say make a lot of sense, to do for students who are struggling. So, they looked at over a thousand pre-k through Grade three schools in 80 hours classrooms in 83 title one school, and so these practices were the most consistently related to student growth. So, one was engaging students in defining new words during or after reading a text. So, getting them actively engaged not just writing the words down not just looking up a definition, but doing things like acting them out or connecting them to a story that might have a personal connection for some of those students. making connections between prior knowledge and the stories is an important thing that kids need to do. Promoting that higher-order thinking skills by having students analyzing information, explaining their thinking. And I think sometimes we don’t do that enough and then developing new ideas, okay if this is true what if this happened or what would be the next step having them take it a step further. And then really having students focus their attention on the meaning of a text before they read it so you would introduce the topic encourage them to make predictions do those kinds of things. So, again these were not recommendations but things that they were going to recommend for further study, but I think they just make sense and are things that we could easily incorporate into our classroom practices.

So, getting them actively engaged not just writing the words down not just looking up a definition, but doing things like acting them out or connecting them to a story that might have a personal connection for some of those students. making connections between prior knowledge and the stories is an important thing that kids need to do. Promoting that higher-order thinking skills by having students analyzing information, explaining their thinking. And I think sometimes we don’t do that enough and then developing new ideas, okay if this is true what if this happened or what would be the next step having them take it a step further. And then really having students focus their attention on the meaning of a text before they read it so you would introduce the topic encourage them to make predictions do those kinds of things. So, again these were not recommendations but things that they were going to recommend for further study, but I think they just make sense and are things that we could easily incorporate into our classroom practices.

 

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