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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.

Elementary School
High School
Balance and Power

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.

Elementary School
High School

Responsibility and Choice

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

Elementary School
Middle School

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.

Elementary School
Middle School

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.

Elementary School
Elementary School
Inquiry

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.

Elementary School
Middle School

Self Reflection & Self Assessment

 

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

Elementary School
High School
High School

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.

Middle School
Middle School

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.

Middle School
Middle School

 

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.

Elementary School
Middle School

Adapted from:  Teaching the Whole Child