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Effective Classroom Instruction Using Tech: Reinforcing Effort

15 May

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Eight years ago, the authors Pitler, Kuhn and Malenoski took the eleven essential instructional strategies that were identified originally by Marzano, Pickering and Pollock. These essential instructional strategies allow teachers to then use them purposefully to steadily improve student learning. In this digital age of learning and in considerations of this research, I have included not only an outline of how technology could be used to complement and enhance these teaching strategies but also specific technology tools/resources.

Essential Instructional Strategy #8

In reinforcing effort teachers focus on enhancing students’ understanding of the relationship between effort and achievement. Technology allows students to address their attitudes and beliefs about learning.

Within the learning environment, various resources may be used. Below is a complementary list of actions and ideas, but by no means is it an exhaustive list. Please add your ideas in the comments section if you like.

Find/create a rubric and use a spreadsheet or even a survey to track results.

Use journals to log daily/weekly efforts which can be done through a blog (edublogs, blogger, kidblog), MWord or GDocs.

Read Carol S Dwecks Mindset and use the various materials found at MindsetWorks.

 

References:

1 – Pitler, H., R., E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works. Alexandria: ASCD.

2 – Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Also look at Dean, C.B., Hubbell, E.R., Pitler, H. & Stone, B.J. (2012). Classroom instruction that works: Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement, 2nd Edition. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

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