Teachers are expected to embrace research-based instructional strategies during their classroom lessons to engage students in their learning. Because this is an important aspect of effective teaching and learning, our district has developed district wide instructional expectations known as the SIMPLE 6. The SIMPLE 6 define the expected behaviors of each and every classroom teacher and all of them contribute to the success of our students.
The SIMPLE 6 include:
1. Learning Targets - The use of learning targets by educators as part of their instructional practice is a research based practice that has ample evidence to support it as a way to improve student performance. Teachers will clearly define the purpose of their lesson, state what is happening in the classroom, and connect it to a standard. This helps students buy-in to the lesson being presented and thus improves learning.
2. Student to Student Discourse - Student discourse with their peers and not the teacher is another research supported practice that directly impacts student performance in the classroom. The teacher’s role with this practice is to pose questions of varying degrees of cognitive demand for their students to quickly discuss with each other. The teacher then randomly call on students throughout the class to have them share what was discussed with their classmates.
3. Differentiation - In every lesson that is taught, the teacher must account for the different needs of their students. This can be done in a variety of ways, but it is essential for the success of our students that it occurs on a daily basis.
4. Entry/Exit Tasks - The opening and closing of a lesson are two key pieces of successful instruction. To ensure that the instruction for our students are successful the use of entry and exit tasks are a requirement of every class. This is one component of bell to bell instruction which all teachers need to ensure happens on a daily basis.
5. Classroom Management – It is expected that each teacher possess and utilize the best classroom management practices each day. One part of this is to have posted in classrooms the progressive discipline steps that will be taken. The second, and most important, piece of classroom management is to possess an understanding and practice of the difference between and use of rules and procedures and teach this to their students.
6. Instructional Bulletin Boards - Each classroom should have at least one instructional bulletin board. This board is designed to allow students to self-assess a key skill, like writing, and often contains a rubric or scoring system. Instructional bulletin boards are used as an additional teaching tool.