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Instructional Practices for Student Success

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Teaching is a noble profession that comes with its unique set of challenges and rewards. To be a successful educator, you have to use a variety of instructional practices that not only help students learn content, but also create a positive and engaging learning environment. In this blog post, we’ll explore some especially effective instructional practices for teachers and help you gain valuable insights for your classroom.

1. Love and Compassion as the Foundation

First and foremost, love your students. As the saying goes, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” When you genuinely care about your students, they can sense it. Compassion is a priceless gift you can give your students, building trust and cooperation in the classroom.

2. Respect is Reciprocal

Respect is a two-way street. Instead of demanding respect, demonstrate it through your interactions with students. In most cases, students will show respect when they see you modeling it. Show respect to get respect. It’s as surprisingly simple as that.

3. Strive for Excellence

As a teacher, it’s important to constantly improve and provide the best learning experience for your students. Put yourself in their shoes and ask, “Would I want to be a student in my class?” Empathetically consider their point of view. Don’t hesitate to seek feedback from your students to improve your teaching methods for this purpose.

4. Active Teaching, Not Passive Assigning

Teaching goes beyond assigning tasks and sitting at your desk. Engage with your students during their independent work. For example, roving conferences with students can provide particularly valuable insights into learning and allow you to address their needs effectively.

5. Striking a Balance

Balance is key to effective teaching indeed:

• Combine seatwork with active, movement-based activities.

Mix paper-and-pencil tasks with hands-on experiences, games, and collaborative projects.

Keep your instruction interesting by including whole group, small group, flexible grouping, cooperative learning, and independent practice activities.

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These phonics word puzzles are highly engaging AND they're available in print and digital formats!

6. Tailor Instruction to Individual Needs

By all means, teachers recognize that every student is unique. You should teach small group lessons that provide differentiated instruction to meet the many different learning styles of your students. This includes visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic activities. In other words, swap up your teaching methods according to your students’ needs.

7. Praise and Motivation

Without a doubt, praise is a powerful motivator. Celebrate student achievements and progress by displaying their work and using goal charts. Furthermore, offer incentives for completing assignments and reaching goals. This type of positive reinforcement can inspire students to push themselves to achieve.

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Goal sheets like these make it easy for students to track their progress!

8. Meaningful and Relevant Assignments

To be sure, assignments should be meaningful and aligned with educational standards. Provide short, engaging tasks and offer descriptive feedback based on these standards. What’s more, avoid simply marking errors with red X’s. Instead, provide descriptive feedback that includes explanations and words of encouragement

9. Timely Feedback

Just as you expect students to submit work on time, it must be remembered that they expect timely feedback from you. Please do not let assignments pile up ungraded for days. Make it your goal to provide near-to-immediate feedback to keep students motivated and informed about their progress. Google forms can certainly help with this!

10. Technology as a Tool, Not a Crutch

Of course, technology is a valuable tool in education, but it should complement, not replace, traditional teaching methods. Find a balance between digital and paper-pencil activities and consider the overall screen time students have in a day, both in and outside of your classroom.

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Digital phonics games make learning to decode fun!

Summing Up Instructional Practices for Success

Incorporating these instructional practices into your daily teaching routine can, all in all, help you create a more effective and engaging learning environment for your students. By fostering love, respect, and a balanced approach to instruction, you can empower your students to succeed academically and socially. Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned veteran, embracing these strategies will help you to become the best teacher you can possibly be, making a lasting impact on your students’ lives.

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2 Responses

  1. I enjoyed reading your list of tips. The second tip on respect is an important one. I think many things on the list are good teaching practices that we can always use a reminder for, but the respect tip is key. If we expect our students to understand multiplication, we go over the steps and process. The same format should be followed for respect. We need to model respect for our students and can do so by giving them respect.

  2. Hi, Shae. Thank you for sharing these instructional practices. These tips are very practical and would set teachers and students up for success. I appreciate that your first two are related to creating a safe environment for everyone in the classroom. I cannot agree more that love, compassion, and respect are the main foundation of any relationship, including between the teacher and the students. These three things also tap into the social-emotional well-being of students. They will perform better and feel more successful if they feel safe in the learning environment. I always strive to create a safe and conducive learning space for all my students. I continue to work hard and ensure that my students feel seen and heard. It’s a place where it is okay to make mistakes.

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