instructional strategies

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The lead4ward Instructional Strategies Playlists are designed to provide teachers with detailed descriptions of specific, instructional strategies, many of which are modeled and experienced in lead4ward professional development sessions. This resource is intended to support educators in using an intentional planning process that includes delivering instruction that is aligned to the TEKS, promotes student engagement, and teaches for access, rigor, and transfer. Teachers use instructional strategies to:

  • engage learners
  • provide practice without penalty
  • encourage interaction among students
  • see and hear students’ thinking


virtual instructional strategies (adaptation)

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The lead4ward Strategies Playlists are designed to provide teachers with engaging, rigorous instructional strategies that can be implemented during classroom instruction promote access, thinking, and transfer. However, many of these techniques can also be implemented in a virtual learning environment. This Strategies Playlists – Virtual Learning Adaptations resource is intended to support educators in delivering VIRTUAL instruction that promotes maximum student engagement.

This resource is not meant to replace the Instructional Strategies Playlist. This resource is simply an enhancement and clarification document of how the original face-to-face classroom strategies can also be implemented in a virtual learning environment.

movement and discourse templates

Learning is activated when kids are moving and talking. Movement provides the opportunity for learners to become actively engaged and talk to each other in a variety of group sizes. Get them moving every 18-20 minutes.




rehearsal and practice templates

Learning requires rehearsal and practice. The more the teacher varies the practice, the more likely kids are to engage in learning. Rehearsal and practice that allows for collaborative work also help learners self-correct misconceptions.



extending thinking templates

Learning requires thinking. Well-designed learning tasks allow kids to think about a topic multiple ways or think through a topic to arrive at more complete and justifiable answers. Often learners stop too early in their thinking or in the learning process.



learning from mistakes templates

Learning is assessed in a variety of ways on high stakes tests. Items will never be repeated on these tests, but the visuals and errors associated with the content will be. Teachers use items strategically and purposefully to help students discover and correct their mistakes.



evidence of learning templates

Learning is best assessed in multiple measures – tests, products, discourse, and other formative and summative assessment methods. When kids describe their own learning strengths and areas for growth, they are more willing to commit to additional learning.