Let's bring back the bicycle analogy. Teaching a child in a school setting is like teaching a child to ride a bicycle:
- Objective - We explain the point: "Today you will learn how to ride a bicycle."
- Direct Instruction and Modeling - We tell them how to do it and show by doing it ourselves.
- Guided Practice - We hold them up and run along beside them while they try it.
- Formative Assessment - We ask how it's going. We let go and and see what happens.
- Independent Practice - We ask them to do it themselves - - - over and over until they get good at it.
- Differentiation - We use strategies to address different rates or ways they learn.
- Collaboration - We let them try it with their friends.
- Higher Order Thinking Skills - We take them to a new level.
- Assessment - We test them out to see if they're ready to venture out on their own.
Using these time-tested strategies is essential to a high score on teacher evaluation rubrics. More importantly, they're essential to good teaching and learning.