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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. Students practice the skill, strategy or concept presented during the minilesson 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).

  • Partner work
  • Cooperative Learning
  • 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
  • Monitoring for understanding and transfer
  • Providing specific feedback
  • Differentiating instruction and practice
  • Facilitating small groups
  • Coaching students with prompts and questions
  • Providing rubrics and exemplars
  • Thinking aloud
  • Conferring with individuals
  • Choosing student work to highlight that can apply to all the learners
  • Listening to peers
  • Setting goals
  • Engaging in discourse
  • Tracking thinking
  • Using tools to reflect on progress
  • Reflecting
  • Monitoring progress toward goals
  • Solving problems
  • Applying strategy, process, or approximating
  • Taking Notes
  • Small groups - cooperative learning
  • Making errors

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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