Core Practices: Elementary


PREVIEW: Seven Strands of Elementary Designs Practices

Personalized learning provides students diverse ways to utilize their interests and strengths and gives teachers flexibility to adapt curriculum so that each student can move from success to success.

Elementary Designs personalized learning practices:

• Observing and assessing student activity and progress toward increased autonomy

• Connecting and scaffolding tasks to student ability and interest

• Rehearsing independent responsibility

• Teaching children to plan and reflect on independent and partner work

• Creating incremental success

• Keeping growth records and sharing them with students and families

• Facilitating goal-oriented check-in conferences with students

2. Engaged Whole Class Learning
Active and inclusive opportunities for creative learning together are essential to maximizing academic and social growth.

Elementary Designs whole group practices:

• Targeting whole class gatherings at learning that is best accomplished together, including community circles for cultural conversations, cognitive growth, mindset development, and creative expression

• Developing climate and capacity for high participation and all voices to be heard

• Learning how to diminish wait time before, during, and after transitions with mediators and positive reinforcement

• Developing student leadership skills

• Ideas for physical breaks and stress reduction, self-care exercises

 Teacher strategies for classroom management:

• Caring, mutual attention

• Knowing and acknowledging your students positive attributes

• Changing negative labels to strengths

• Engaging and empowering students

• Reflective re-engagement and scaffolding behavior



Sructured student partnerships strengthen cognitive ability, especially perspective-taking, relational skills, and comprehension. Partnerships betweet adults do much of the same.

Teaching for Education Equity approaches for student partnerships:

• Teaching students through modeling, rehearsal, and activity what partner is and does

• Exploring ideas for use of partnerships in you setting

• Varied partnerships-everybody gets to be everybody else's partner

• School-wide partnerships across grade levels

• Use of partnerships in before and after school programming

Trusting student-teacher relationships foster attunement and reciprocal learning.

Teaching for Education Equity provides practices for creating reciprocal, culturally aware relationships and attunement with students:

• Beginning of school year goal setting with families

• Goal setting and check-in formats for students with family input

• Formative assessment in cognitive and SEL domains utilizing obervation strategies

• Particular interactive attunement protocols

• Classroom strategies for establishing traditions and appreciation activities

• Adult learning experiences in interpersonal mindfulness and attentive collaboration

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