•  Quality Instruction at Greiner Middle School

    “Good, first instruction” is the notion that the daily classroom instruction that a student receives before interventions are planned should be of high quality. It includes core practices that are common to almost all GREAT teaching.


    What does Quality Instruction look like?


    ·       Guaranteed and viable curriculum
    ·       Effective lesson objectives and demonstrations of learning (DOL)
    ·       Instructional activities are aligned to the objectives and assessments


    ·       Instructional activities are relevant and challenging
    ·       Every aspect of the class is tied to learning
    ·       Time is managed to enhance the learning

    Effective Strategies

    ·       Guided practice
    ·       Project-based learning


    ·       Use of multiple response strategies
    ·       Student learning is active

    ·       Model the lesson

    ·       Guided practice
    ·       Students work with peers
    ·       Independent practice


    Differentiated instruction
    ·       Individual student needs are met
    ·       Appropriate interventions are planned and implemented

    Teachers are encouraged to use multiple response strategies during instruction time. The use of multiple response strategies will enhance the level of student engagement; thus increasing student performance in the classroom.  Please refer to the following list for examples.


    Multiple Response Strategies
    • ResponseCard
    • Whip-Around
    • Modified Whip-Around
    • Think-Pair-Share
    • TableTalk
    • Quick Response
    • Oral/Choral Response (not yelling out answers)

    • White Boards


    • Clicker Systems
    • SmartBoard


    Campus and district administrators will look forthe use of multiple response strategies (MRS) during administrative walk-throughs, spot observations, and formal evaluations.   The administration and Campus Instructional Leadership Team (CILT) will assist teachers with these strategies and ensure that the use of MRS become a common practice for W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy.

    A Demonstration of Learning (DOL) is an activity or product through which a student demonstrates that he/she has learned the lesson objective. DOLs fall into two categories:  1)those that require that the student to demonstrate what he/she has learned in one or two class periods within a subject area, and 2) those that assess more complex objectives or assess multiple learning objectives.


     Characteristics of a good DOL:

    ·       tied directly to the lesson objective and the guaranteed curriculum
    ·       can usually be accomplished in five to 10 minutes
    ·       requires each student to demonstrate what they have learned over the last class period or two in a 
         subject area
    ·       varies from day to day
    ·       is understandable to students and parents
    ·       designed before the lesson is conducted
    Characteristics of good lesson objectives:
    ·       answers the question:  “What are students supposed to learn?”
    ·       tied to a standard or skill needed to accomplish the standard
    ·       follows the mapped curriculum
    ·       understandable to parents and students
    ·       specific
    ·       students can demonstrate that they have learned the objective in one (at most two) class period(s)