Organize Your Teaching

Explore resources designed to improve instruction so that students can better understand, remember and apply what they have learned.

Explore the subtopics below to learn more about the recommended practices:

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning.

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Visual Diagram: How to Organize Your Teaching

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Organizing teaching and learning experiences so that students both remember and understand has a number of facets. Four research-based practices for improving student learning are represented in...

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Instructional Strategies at a District Level

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In this video interview, a district curriculum director shares lessons learned about successfully implementing instructional strategies, like the use of higher-order questions, across many schools...

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School Example

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Opportunities for Student Explanations

Organize Your Teaching > Higher-Order Questions > See How It Works

In this video students share the culminating project of a curriculum unit: museum exhibits designed to answer "essential questions." Students practice giving explanations that demonstrate their...

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School Example

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Response Groups: Eliciting Explanations in History

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History teacher Matt Moorman describes how he uses higher-order questions to engage students in critical thinking about important historical concepts and to help students to internalize the...

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Cupcake Geology: Using Models to Explain Abstract Concepts

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In this multimedia presentation, fifth-grade teacher Deb Wickerham describes how she uses models and hands-on activities to help elementary students understand complex earth science concepts. See...

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School Example

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Demonstrating Thermal Layering

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Using an aquarium and food coloring, science teacher Tasia Stamos re-creates the layers of warm and cool water in a summer lake to help her students visualize the effects of thermal...

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School Example

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Essential Questions: A Schoolwide Approach

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Administrators at one school describe how they support the use of higher-order questions through professional development that focuses on curriculum planning and effective instructional...

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School Example

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In Front of the Class: Students' Whiteboard Explanations

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A physics teacher describes how he organizes whiteboard presentations to give his students an authentic forum for explaining their problem solving and answering higher-order questions. Related...

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School Example

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Questioning in a Socratic Seminar

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Watch how this fourth-grade teacher uses a line of questioning in a structured, text-based discussion to help students recognize important elements and themes in a piece of art. Related...

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School Example

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Connecting Classrooms to the World

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Teachers at Normal Park Elementary explain how they use learning expeditions to make abstract concepts from textbooks into more memorable and understandable, concrete experiences for their...

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School Example

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Making History Come Alive

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Social studies teacher and curriculum trainer Matt Moorman explains how to help students understand abstract ideas by using visual techniques, including graphic organizers and visual...

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Mastery Over Time

Organize Your Teaching > Spacing Learning > See How It Works

Two math teachers describe their department's focus on student mastery of skills and knowledge over time. They have developed a curriculum that creates multiple opportunities for students to learn...

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