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 demonstration of learning (DOL)
Instructional activities are aligned to the objective and assessments
Instructional activities are relevant and challenging
Every aspect of the class is tied to learning
Time is managed to enhance the learning
Use of multiple response strategies
Student learning is active
Model the lesson
Students work with peers
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:
Oral/Choral/Response (not yelling out answer)
Campus and district administrators will look for the 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 MIRS becomes a common practice for W. H. Atwell Law 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 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 ten 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
its understandable to students and parents
designed before the lesson is conducted
Characteristics of a good LO:
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
students can demonstrate that they have learned the objective in one class period