Lindsey Hampton

During her 20+ years in education, Lindsey has been an elementary and secondary classroom teacher, an instructional coach, and a specialist in teacher induction. She has collaborated with teachers and administrators nationwide to develop learning partnerships that focus on evaluating and implementing High Yield Instructional Strategies. Her instructional coach and specialist background have led her to the philosophy that improvement must be viewed as a continuum, a means to refine and adapt the improvement of instructional practices continually. She has presented this theme and many others on teaching and learning at numerous conferences in FL, KY, TN, NC, and PA. Her contributions to Learning-Focused include developing new resources and workshops, providing leadership and instructional training and coaching.

Summarizing in Silence: The Chalk Talk Strategy

By Lindsey Hampton

Imagine your classroom transformed. Students are actively engaged, thinking critically, and collaborating to construct a deeper understanding of diverse topics. This captivating learning environment is within reach by harnessing the power of summarizing, a transformable strategy applicable across all content areas.  The Power of Student  Summarizing Research consistently highlights the multifaceted benefits of summarizing: What…

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Writing Across the Curriculum – Examples and Strategy Review

By Lindsey Hampton

Why is Writing to Raise Achievement so important to use throughout every lesson? Let’s start by explaining more about Writing Across the Curriculum. What Does “Writing Across the Curriculum” Mean? Writing Across the Curriculum refers to the notion that content area teachers reinforce the benchmarks that ELA teachers traditionally teach in their lessons. All teachers…

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Formative Assessment Examples: A Guide Into Peer Feedback and Student Self-Assessment Strategies

By Lindsey Hampton

The Challenge of Giving Consistent Student Feedback Learning without monitoring is like driving without a destination; you may never arrive anywhere.  Anyone who has ever tried to learn something new knows the value of monitoring, both personally and by an instructor. Without this reciprocal responsibility, it’s possible to never “arrive” at our intended destination, such…

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Writing in Middle School Math: Using Instructional Strategies in the Classroom

By Lindsey Hampton

For the last two years, I have had the privilege to work with the Hiwassee Dam Elementary and Middle School teachers in Cherokee County, NC. In October, during a coaching conversation, a middle school teacher told me she intended to incorporate more writing in her 8th-grade math class. At that time, her students had already…

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Curriculum Planning: Why (and How) Educators Should Adopt a Standards-Driven Approach

By Lindsey Hampton

Have you ever considered how you approach travel planning may be the same as how you approach curriculum planning?  I love traveling, but I must sheepishly admit I think I like planning for it even more. Over the years, I have planned trips with a myriad of people, and I have noticed three distinctive types…

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For Instructional Improvement, Address the Knowing-Doing Gap Represented In Instructional Continuums

By Lindsey Hampton

If learning can be thought of as a continuum or an ongoing journey to improve, adapt, and grow, then so must instruction. After all, instructional improvement, or effective instruction, is largely an outcome of a teacher’s understanding and use of specific strategies, skills, and structures – each ranging in its use and effectiveness. It is…

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Accelerate Learning by Tackling the Word Gap with Effective Vocabulary Instruction

By Lindsey Hampton

How many unknown vocabulary words in a text can a student skip over before comprehension is affected?  Read this altered text and try to construct its meaning:  The fribble has a large head with two eyes that can see very well. They are able to see fish and objects that others might miss. Shucky arms…

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Reflecting on the Physical Environment
(aka the “Other Teacher”)

By Lindsey Hampton

While some schools have already said, “See you next year!” to their students, many others are still in the midst of preparing for this bittersweet moment. But regardless of where you are now, whether it’s in your last few days or weeks, or you have already begun cleaning your classroom, the end of the year…

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Five Strategies to Increase Student Motivation

By Lindsey Hampton

Why are some students reluctant to learn? Experienced teachers will tell you that there are many reasons why a student may be less than enthusiastic about learning, such as hunger, a lack of support at home, feeling emotionally distressed or worried, or a lack of self-confidence. In fact, this last reason can be one of…

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3 Previewing Strategy Examples That Increase the Impact of Technology

By Lindsey Hampton

Technology has often been seen as a catalyst that would revolutionize education. But whether that technology was papyrus and ink, slate and chalk, the Socratic Method, or a Chromebook, what has remained a constant, proven repeatedly by research, is that technology is only a means to an end and that in itself, does not lead…

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