Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Coral Hanson
Celebratory Best Practice
Reinforcing effort and providing recognition, or celebrating academic and personal success, is a common occurrence in the Learning Strategies classroom. Dr. Marzano’s research indicates that positive attitudes and beliefs have a significant impact on success. Since achievement tends to increase when students see the connection between increased effort and success, teaching students that added effort usually equals academic achievement is essential. Students are therefore rewarded for positive attitudes and increased achievement through praise, opportunities to share their successes in small groups, with the teacher, and/or with the class through daily and through special academic game time celebrations.
Instructional Best Practice
Setting objectives and providing feedback, is a daily to weekly occurrence in the Learning Strategies classroom. Goal setting is the process of establishing direction and purpose; every student in the Learning Strategies class has individualized goals that drive their education. These as well as group goals drive daily instruction. When students focus on these goals, they greatly improve their chances for success. Using individualized folders, charting progress, providing feedback, and helping students to evaluate their own performance, further increases their progress and improves learning.
“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss