Curriculum and Standards
What do we want all students to learn?
MPS Standards Based Curriculum
The road map to ensure that instruction targets the content standards.
What a student should know and be able to do at a given grade level / span.
Below are instructional strategies that are identified as best instructional strategies to improve student achievement across all content areas and across all grade levels. These strategies are based upon the works of Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock, Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe, Carol Ann Tomlinson.
Students learn better from thematic, interdisciplinary instruction -- themes are a way of understanding new concepts and provide mental organizing schemes.
Identifying Similarities and Differences
Learning to classify and discern differences and similarities prepares students for employing metaphor, analogy, and higher-order thinking skills.
Summarizing and Note Taking
Effective summarizing requires analysis that leads to deeper understanding. Students benefit from taking notes in both linguistic and visual forms.
Student attitudes and beliefs have a significant effect on success in school. Achievement can increase when teachers show the connection between effort and success.
Homework and Practice
Homework can increase student understanding when assignments provide the opportunities needed to practice and apply new learning.
We store knowledge in two forms: linguistic and non-linguistic. The more students use both systems, the better they are able to think about and recall knowledge.
Grouping can promote student learning and build interpersonal skills when done wisely and support structures are in place.
Teachers communicate learning goals to students every day. Focus students on meeting those goals and greatly improve their chances of success.
Criteria for success and specific, timely feedback can help increase students understanding and improve learning.
Generating and Testing Hypotheses
Generating hypotheses and applying knowledge when testing requires careful orchestration of experience. Technology tools add authenticity to the learning experience.
Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers
Increase students' readiness for learning with cues and questions that connect new ideas to existing knowledge