The Learning Focused Schools Model is a framework that is designed to assist districts, schools, and teachers in using exemplary practices "best practices" to increase learning and achievement. The model provides training that will provide a framework for thinking about, planning, and delivering instruction using exemplary practices with a focus on learning.
Based on the research of Marzano, McRel, and the US Department of Education 30 strategies were found to influence learning and achievement, some in a very small way and some in very dynamic way. The five strategies referred to below, if used consistently and pervasively will increase student learning and understanding of their content areas. These five strategies if used consistently show the strongest correlation between implementation and learning and student achievement.
Strategies That Most Impact Achievement and Learning
- Extending Thinking Skills (compare and contrast; cause and effect; classifying; analogies and metaphors)
- Vocabulary in Context
- Advance Organizers
- Non-Verbal Representations
Teachers have been provided training in the implementation of Thinking Maps which are eight visual-verbal learning tools. Each visual tool is based on a fundamental thinking process. When used together and consistently throughout a school community, Thinking Maps provide all teachers, students, and parents with a common language for generating, communicating, and analyzing ideas.
Using Thinking Maps along with the strategies that most impact student achievement and learning students will be provided the best opportunities for exemplary success.