Learning-Focused Strategies for Teachers

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  • 0:02 What Is Learning-Focused?
  • 0:46 LFM Guidelines for Teachers
  • 2:21 LFM Unit Planning Strategies
  • 3:49 LFM Lesson Planning Strategies
  • 5:10 Key Strategies for the LFM
  • 5:59 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Learning-focused strategies help to guide teachers towards developing that quality curricula. This lesson will explain what learning-focused strategies are and give some tips on how to use them.

What Is Learning-Focused?

The focus on quality instruction today is under the microscope. Parents, administrators, and even lawmakers are interested in what goes on in classrooms, and it's for good reason. Without quality instruction students don't learn. Models of instruction, therefore, are popping up at a pretty good clip. One of these models is called learning-focused. A learning-focused model (LFM) is a framework for planning exemplary lessons. Typically adopted by the school or district, it incorporates specific steps and strategies for teachers and administrators to use that result in high student achievement. Can teachers choose to adopt this model in their own classrooms? Of course! Let's look at how.

LFM Guidelines for Teachers

The learning-focused model provides a structure for teachers to follow. Teachers have a lot of important decisions to make when faced with a classroom, so the learning-focused model incorporates several key guidelines that help guide teachers in this decision making process.

First, it allows them to decide what to teach. Despite what many think, teachers don't just wake up knowing what to teach their students. The learning-focused model helps the teacher make informed decisions about what content to use in the classroom.

Second, it allows them to use key strategies. How teachers teach lessons is a varied art; sometimes whole group instruction works best, and other times individualized learning is a good choice. The learning-focused model outlines the 'how' of teaching.

Third, it allows teachers to focus on high-level thinking, since the model is all about high quality teaching. To this end the model puts much emphasis on high-level thinking questions, guiding teachers in how and when to use them in their daily practice.

Lastly, it allows teachers to develop quality assessment. Testing is an important component of teaching in two ways. Daily, teachers administer formative assessments, which are small, informal assessments used to determine current student understanding so that future lessons can be planned. Summative assessment happens at the end of a unit and is designed to assess the overall understanding a student has of the content. Both are necessary tools for a teacher, and the learning-focused model helps teachers recognize the difference between these two assessments and use them effectively.

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