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.

Ways To Reduce Stress for Students: 3 Actionable Classroom Tips

By Lindsey Hampton / August 30, 2021

In his book, Mind Rules, John Medina describes key principles on how the brain works. One of these principles is “Stressed brains do not learn the same way as non-stressed brains.” Emotional instability can lead to chronic stress and chronic stress affects concentration, language processing, problem-solving, and memory (Medina, 2008). More specifically, children who are…

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Learning Loss Recovery: 2 Case Studies of Successful Schools

By Don Marlett / March 24, 2021

There has been an ongoing discussion of COVID learning loss: how much learning did students forget from March of 2020 to the school’s return and how effective hybrid or complete remote learning has been since then. In a recent survey, teachers from eight different countries, including the US, reported “that students were on average two…

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ELL Classroom Strategies: Activating Prior Knowledge in English Language Learners

By Lindsey Hampton / March 15, 2021

There are many challenges that face students whose native language is other than English and whose background experiences may have occurred in a different culture and geography. Early experiences may have been rich or chaotic, but regardless, both make up the life experiences of these students.  We know that students build new knowledge on previously…

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Catching Up At-Risk Students: How Do You Move Them Forward Quickly and Effectively?

By Don Marlett / March 4, 2021

Schools and school districts know the importance of communicating a shared vision of success for their students, staff, and community. This vision often focuses on the idea of preparing students for their future. But what happens to that future when students struggle, year after year, and fall continuously behind? How do we teach “at-risk” learners…

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Behavior Management In the Classroom or Academic Instruction: What Comes First?

By Lindsey Hampton / February 8, 2021

A popular viewpoint among educators is that discipline must come before instruction. Because student disruptions create a ripple effect across a classroom, teachers often feel forced to immediately deal with every misbehavior, resulting in a significant loss of instructional time. Teachers report losing as much as 144 minutes of instructional time on average to classroom…

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4 Strategies for Engaging Students Online

By Tracy Easterling / November 16, 2020

Being an online teacher has its challenges; however, it also affords us the opportunity to rejuvenate our practice while engaging students online. Whether you are activating your lesson, having students practice during a learning activity or monitoring student progress through a formative assessment, engagement is essential. Here are four strategies to engage students online throughout…

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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 Lindsey Hampton / 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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Engage Students With Exemplary Essential Questions

By Don Marlett / June 19, 2018

Why Is A Lesson Essential Question More Effective Than An Objective? Chances are that if you have been in education long enough, you have been asked at least one time or another, to display the standard(s) you are currently teaching on the board for students to see. The rationale behind posting the standard on the…

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