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​Teaching Practices that Support PA Career Ready Skills

The chart that follows provides 10 teaching practices that support the ongoing implementation of the PA Career Ready Skills in the school and classroom. When implemented consistently, students are provided opportunities to consistently use and practice the PA Career Ready Skills.

Social Teaching Practices

Practice​​ ​Definition ​Video Lesson Examples
Student-Centered Discipline

Disciplinary strategies that are developmentally appropriate for their students and that motivate students to want to behave in the classroom.

Student-Centered Discipline: Elementary School (YouTube)

Student -Centered Discipline: High School (YouTube)

Teacher LanguageHow the teacher talks to students. Teachers should encourage student effort and work, restating what the student did and what that student needs to do in order to improve.

Teacher Language: Elementary School (YouTube

Teacher Language: High School (YouTube)

Responsibility and Choice

Degree to which teachers allow students to make responsible decisions about their work in the classroom.

Responsibility and Choice: Elementary School (YouTube)

Responsibility and Choice: Middle School (YouTube)

Warmth & Support

Academic and social support students receive from their teacher and peers. Teachers create classrooms where the students know that teachers care about them.

Warmth & Support: Elementary School (YouTube)

Warmth & Support: Middle School (YouTube)

Instructional Teaching Practices

​Practice ​Definition ​Video Lesson Examples
Cooperative LearningSpecific instructional task in which teachers have students work together toward a collective goal. Teachers ask students to do more than group work; students are actively working with their peers using content in a meaningful way.

Cooperative Learning: Elementary School (YouTube)

Classroom Discussions

Conversations students and teachers have regarding content. During classroom discussions, teachers ask more open-ended questions and prompt students to elaborate on their own thinking and that of their peers.

Classroom Discussions: Elementary School (YouTube)

Classroom Discussions: Middle School (YouTube)

Self Reflection & Self Assessment

Instructional tasks whereby teachers ask students to think actively about their own work.

Self Reflection & Self Assessment: Elementary School (YouTube)

Self Reflection & Self Assessment: High School (YouTube)

Balanced Instruction

Using an appropriate balance between active instruction and direct instruction, as well as the appropriate balance between individual and collaborative learning.; teachers provide students opportunities to directly learn about the material as well as engage with the material.

Balanced Instruction: Middle School Video 1 (YouTube)

Balanced Instruction: Middle School Video 2 (YouTube)

Academic Press and Expectations

Implementation of meaningful and challenging work; academic expectations focus on the teacher's belief that all students can and will succeed. Students should sense that academics are extremely important, that the teacher wants students to succeed, and that they have to exert effort in challenging work in order to succeed.

Academic Press and Expectations: Middle School (YouTube)

Academic Press and Expectations: High School (YouTube)

Competence Building–Modeling, Practicing, Feedback, and Coaching

When teachers help develop social-emotional competencies systematically through the typical instructional cycle: goals and objectives of the lesson, introduction to new material or modeling, group and individual practice, and conclusion and reflection. Each part of the cycle helps reinforce particular social-emotional competencies when the teacher integrates them into the lesson.

Competence Building: Elementary School (YouTube)

Competence Building: Middle School (YouTube)

Adapted from: Teaching​ the Wh​ole Child (PDF)​