Ambitious Instruction Overview
In schools with ambitious instruction, classes are challenging and engaging. In such schools, instruction is clear, well-structured, interactive and encourages students to build and apply knowledge. Instruction is intentionally paced and aligned across grade levels to support students in meeting the expectations of the state standards. When combined with a supportive environment, ambitious instruction has the most direct effect on student learning.
Ambitious Instruction Indicators
- Quality Student Discussion: In schools with strong student discussion, students participate in classroom discussions that build their critical thinking skills.
- Quality Math Instruction: In schools with strong math instruction, students interact with course materials and one another to build and apply knowledge in their math classes.
- Quality English Instruction: In schools with strong english instruction, students interact with course materials and each other to build and apply critical reading and writing skills.
- Academic Press: In schools with strong academic press, teachers expect students to do their best and meet rigorous academic demands.
|Ambitious Instruction Tool||Aligned Indicator(s)||Source|
Quality Student Discussion, Quality Math Instruction, Quality English Instruction
|The Center on School Turnaround|
|Teaching Diverse Learners||Quality Student Discussion, Quality English Instruction, Academic Press||The Education Alliance, Brown University|
|Quality Student Discussion, Quality Math Instruction, Quality English Instruction, Academic Press||Technology and Innovation in Education and South Dakota Education Service Agency|
|Marzano's Nine High-Yield Instructional Strategies||Quality Student Discussion, Quality Math Instruction, Quality English Instruction, Academic Press|
|Instructional Improvement Cycle: A Teacher's Toolkit for Collecting and Analyzing Data on Instructional Strategies||Quality Math Instruction, Quality English Instruction, Academic Press||Regional Educational Laboratory at Marzano Research and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education|
|Setting High Academic Expectations||Quality Math Instruction, Quality English Instruction, Academic Press||Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov|
|A Toolkit for Implementing High-Quality Student Learning Objectives||Quality Math Instruction, Quality English Instruction, Academic Press||Reform Support Network|