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Top Ten Teaching Strategies for Student Success

Recently, while researching some instructional strategies to share with new teachers, I came across the website for the Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching, One of the articles on the website, Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies for Those Who Care About Student Results, by Shaun Killian, contained one of the best concise lists of instructional techniques, necessary to good instruction, that I have seen.

Evidence based teaching is an important concept for educators. It combines research based educational practices with informal, evidence based assessment that takes place with the students in the classroom. The teacher employs the best practices of both to ensure success for his or her students.

I believe good teaching to be a mix of art and science. The techniques of evidence based teaching employ both. The science of the data, behind practices found to be integral to student success, is combined with the art of the reflective practitioner in the classroom, that continually assesses and monitors for student understanding and success. The teacher integrates the best of research based teaching practices with ongoing formative assessment of learning in action, to provide evidence based teaching.

“The Top 10 Teaching Strategies In Brief

  1. Be clear about what you want students to learn.

  2. Tell your students what they need to know and show them what they need to be able to do.

  3. Use questions to check that your students understand things.

  4. Have students summarize new information in a graphical way.

  5. Give your students plenty of practice spaced out over time.

  6. Provide your students with feedback so they can refine their efforts.

  7. Allow time for every child to succeed.

  8. Get students working together in productive ways.

  9. Teach students “strategies” as well as content.

  10. Nurture metacognition.”

Top 10 Teaching Strategies In Brief, by Shaun Killian

Killian’s article also references John Hattie’s Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement, and Robert Marzano’s Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies for Improving Student Achievement. Both of these works contain invaluable research on student achievement.

The pinnacle of good teaching and learning combines these strategies, with meaningful curriculum for student learning, in which students are actively engaged in the process. Unfortunately, in the era of more curriculum standards and high stakes testing, that process can be lost.

Teaching for student success is a synthesis of practices for good outcome based teaching and learning. If the focus remains on the student and their ultimate learning, the foundation for student success is ready to be built upon.

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