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MC2 STEM High School Weekly Notes: 02/11/2019

February 10, 2019

MC2 STEM High School

Weekly Notes: 02/11/2019




“Ignorance is a matter of laziness, indifference, and apathy.”

– Tom Tancredo


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10 Powerful Instructional Strategies

Narrowing the Achievement Gap



By focusing tightly on instructional strategies and PD, educators at Cochrane Collegiate Academy saved their school from closure. In just three years, they have doubled student performance, and they continue to reach higher. The educators have developed an instructional model called Interactive Learning (IL). It is a collection of their ten best practices, which they call their non-negotiables, and teachers must implement them in every lesson, every day.

  1. Essential Question

  2. Activating Strategy

  3. Relevant Vocabulary

  4. Limited Lecture

  5. Graphic Organizer

  6. Student Movement

  7. Higher Order Thinking Questions

  8. Summarize

  9. Rigor

  10. Student Centered

Making sure these strategies are present in EVERY LESSON EVERY DAY has helped one school turn around. Additionally, students who are confrontational or non-compliant frequently have poor academic skills, a low sense of self-efficacy as learners, and a very negative attitude toward school (Sprick, et al., 2002). Misbehavior often stems from academic deficits. Educators who work with these behaviorally challenging learners, however, often make the mistake of overlooking simple academic strategies that hav