Core Practices: Continued

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PREVIEW: Seven Strands of Elementary Designs Practices

5. ENHANCED COMMUNICATION
A better balance of talking and listening and nonverbal communication between teacher and students foster both teacher assessment and attunement and student motivation and autonomy.

Teaching for Education Equity approaches create a diverse range of communication opportunities:

• Reducing teacher talk and increasing teacher listening

• Empowering teacher language

• Refocusing student listening to include peers as well as the teacher

• Managing conversations

• Acquiring scaffolding language and nonverbal strategies

• Enhancing positive, appreciative feedback about growth

• Increasing opportunities for peer audience

• Diversifying communication to include visual, kinesthetic, rhythmic, and other modes

• Pathways to self-control

6. TEACHER INTEGRITY
Attention to self-knowledge and self-care in the adult community strengthens professional interactions and teaching capacity.

Teaching for Education Equity professional development provides practices for adult wellness and positive action in daily school life:

• Mindfulness and stress reduction strategies

• Expanded capacity for listening, observing, and being in the present moment

• Self-directed implementation ot Teaching for Education Equity practices

• Professional time management skills

• Reflection strategies for the workplace and the classroom

7. RELATIONAL TRUST AMONG ADULTS
Reciprocal, culturally-conscious, positive relationships between colleagues and between teachers and families influence student success.

Teaching for Education Equity practices maximize the collective intelligence and collaborative potential of the adult community.:

• Partnership learning activities (also conducive and adaptable for young learners)

• Collaborative conversation protocols for small and large groups

• Perspective-taking activities

• Establishing and maintaining norms in the adult community

• Meeting structures and protocols

• Family engagent structures and traditions

• Democratic school governance

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