Don Marlett

Don has been an educator for 20 years. Before joining Learning-Focused, he spent 6 years as a classroom teacher and 4 years in school administration. Don leads product development, provides leadership training, and coaches educators in the implementation of the Learning-Focused Instructional Framework.
Classroom walkthrough tips

Classroom Walkthrough Tips for Focused Support

By Don Marlett / June 18, 2017

How do you narrow the focus of walkthroughs? Typically when principals plan for and schedule walkthroughs, they are looking at teachers and for best practices. Moss and Brookhart (2013), however, suggest that a better plan is that they begin to observe what’s happening in the classroom from the students’ perspective rather than just checking off…

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Building a Supportive Environment for a Differentiated Classroom

By Don Marlett / April 10, 2017

How do you start making your classroom super supportive for differentiation? Before you can begin to build support for a classroom where customized assignments are the norm instead of the exception, you must learn all that you can about differentiation. Develop your own professional knowledge. There are numerous resources available such as books that offer…

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Providing Scaffolding for Students

By Don Marlett / March 22, 2017

How can scaffolding help students become successful with the grade-level curriculum? When I think of scaffolding, I think of the temporary support structure erected on the side of a building that allows workers to access parts of the building that they may not otherwise be able to reach in order to accomplish a particular task.…

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