Acceleration

Acceleration Interventions and Strategies

Whether you’re looking for additional support for struggling students, or instructional strategies to improve student engagement, Learning-Focused is here to help. Check out our articles below, designed for educators and school leaders looking for proven, data-driven insights, tools, and classroom tips.

Micro Habits: Small Changes Lead to Significant Habits

By Lindsey Hampton / August 27, 2019

In the book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear illustrates the significance of a simple change by describing what happens when the nose of an airplane is pointed at a slightly different angle. He explains that if a plane takes off in Los Angeles en route to New York, but the angle of the nose is…

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3 Quick and Easy Review Strategies

By Don Marlett / August 19, 2018

Don’t forget that all students need time for strategic review. This might mean for semester or final exams, or it might mean after a series of related lessons. When it’s time for review, don’t revert back to the “old way” of doing things — worksheet packets or a silent study hall. What students have accomplished…

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6 Guided Reading Mistakes You Might be Making

By Don Marlett / July 19, 2018

An important time to support struggling readers is during guided reading. However, just because you are doing guided reading does not necessarily mean that you are supporting your struggling readers. Here are six common guided reading mistakes you might be making. You are using books that are too difficult. If the books that are being used…

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Scaffolding Supports Student Success

By Don Marlett / April 19, 2018

How can the use of scaffolding support student achievement? “Start with where you want them to be (the grade level standard) and make it learnable.” (C. Boyles). As educators, we have the very complicated task of ensuring that all students are successful learners, but how exactly do we do that? How do we make sure…

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What’s Bigger Than Rigor?

By Learning-Focused / March 19, 2018

A question we often get from teachers and leaders is, “What is one thing I can do right now to increase student success?” As you can imagine, there are lots of answers to that question, and none of those answers are simple. There are, of course, dozens of strategies that could be incorporated into instruction that will…

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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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