Monday, August 5, 2019

High-Leverage Practice 20: Instruction

I am going to discuss High-Leverage Practices as mentioned on the CEC website organized around four aspects of practice. I hope you will join in the conversation!

HLP20 Provide intensive instruction.

There are ways to intensify instruction that should be taken into consideration. Here are some examples of ways to do this so that students can be more successful in the classroom.

Give additional instructional time. It may take longer for students to grasp the material. Don’t try to rush them to get to the next concept. Make sure that they fully understand and can master the concept that they are working on.

Move student to smaller small group size. If the smallest group size of two isn’t working, the student may need more one on one instruction.

Duration of instruction refers to the amount of time each day the instruction is provided, the frequency with which instructional sessions are delivered, and the number of weeks the intervention lasts.  The student may need more minutes per day of instruction in order to have enough time to process new information.  Getting this instruction more often may also be necessary. Instead of three times a week, the student may need help daily. Instead of just four weeks of instruction, the student may need to have eight or twelve weeks of instruction. This duration of time can be adjusted as needed.
Individualizing instruction to meet the student’s need may need to be done. By giving a pretest, I can see what skills my student may be weak in. If the student is having trouble with foundational skills, I can’t expect him to work on more complex skills that build on that foundation. Even if the rest of the class has moved on, I may need to individualize instruction for one or two students. This is why Universal Design for Learning is so important. Taking into account different learning styles and needs, instruction can be designed to help the student be more successful.

What other ways would you intensify instruction? Please share.

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