Indicator 3

Teachers adjust their instructional practices to meet the needs of each student by:

• using formative assessment, especially during instructional time
• strategically differentiating
• purposefully organizing group learning activities
• providing additional support and alternative strategies within the regular classroom.
 
What to Look for:

Teachers adjust their instructional practices to meet the needs of each student by:

  • Using formative assessment, especially during instructional time
    • teachers regularly assess each student’s learning throughout the lesson by employing a variety of assessments (e.g.,” write out the steps you have used so far to complete this problem”; “share with your partner the next steps you will take to do this lab and be prepared to share the steps with the whole class”)
    • teachers make clear to students that the purpose of these assessments is improvement, not a final “grade”
    • feedback is specific and immediate to help students improve
       
  • strategically differentiating
    • teachers regularly analyze formative assessments and other information collected about individual students and devise and employ instructional strategies to specifically help individual students learn the concept/skills
       
  • purposefully organizing group learning activities
    •  teachers plan group learning activities designed to engage students in in-depth learning and to assist students in collaborating
       
  • providing additional support and alternative strategies within the regular classroom
    • teachers provide extra-help sessions for students who need additional time to learn
    • teachers pair strategically pair students for maximum learning