All teachers implement research-based instructional strategies that include characteristics of highly effective teaching and learning for all students.
a) Teachers routinely use student- centered and evidence-based instructional strategies that include classroom discussions, questioning, and learning tasks that promote critical thinking skills. Teachers scaffold instruction. Students work in flexible, collaborative groups based on student needs and learning styles.
b) Teachers consistently involve students in defining and/or writing learning targets (using clear and precise language) that are essential to standard attainment. Students can describe what it takes to achieve the target (the success criteria). Instruction is planned to directly ensure that students meet the targets and ultimately have opportunities to demonstrate understanding of the standard as a whole.
c) Students are engaged in cross- curricular instruction that is deliberate, culturally responsive, and includes hands- on, authentic and applied learning experiences.