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Guided Practice & Inquiry

Guided Practice & Inquiry

Guided practice is part of the lesson where the students are the workers of the content, practice the skill, strategy or concept presented during the mini lesson with the goal of transfer. Teaching for transfer means that learners are given the opportunities to apply their learning to new situations and receive timely feedback on their performance (Wiggins & McTighe, 2011).

  • Independent practice
  • Partner work
  • Cooperative Learning Groups
  • Book Clubs
  • Performance Tasks
  • Inquiry Based Learning Task
  • Write for a variety of purposes, including writing about reading
  • Solve real world problems
  • Create and/or perform
  • Apply lessons from the past to current and future events and issues
  • Make approximations, make meaning, acquire skill, transfer
  • Assessing to match learner to task and set goals
  • Checking for understanding and transfer
  • Providing specific feedback (Hattie, 2009)
  • Differentiating instruction and practice (i.e. materials, methods, scaffolds)
  • Facilitating small groups (i.e. strategy groups, reteach, enrich)
  • Coaching students with prompts and questions (i.e. say more, what about, explain that to me)
  • Providing rubrics and exemplars
  • Thinking aloud
  • Conferring with individuals
  • Note taking
  • Choosing student work to highlight that can apply to all the learners
  • Setting goals
  • Engaged in discourse (i.e. reasoning, clarifying, justifying, critiquing)
  • Tracking thinking (i.e. post its, interactive notebooks, discourse)
  • Using tools (i.e. manipulatives, charts, rubrics, exemplars)
  • Self assessment and reflection

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe are the writing team that have brought us the Understand by Design (UbD) curriculum framework used all over the world. This is the curriculum framework that is at the heart of curriculum unit design in Norwich. Their book The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units is an excellent resource for all teachers, curriculum developers, and educational leaders.


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