These guidelines articulate the Universal Design for Learning framework and can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to meet the needs of all learners from the start by reducing barriers and optimizing levels of challenge and support.
Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning
This guide, produced by IES, includes a set of concrete actions relating to the use of instructional and study time that are applicable to subjects that demand a great deal of content learning, including social studies, science, and mathematics. The guide was developed with some of the most important principles to emerge from research on learning and memory in mind.
Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers
This practice guide provides four recommendations for improving elementary students’ writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students.
A member of the IES Expert Panel describes the importance of daily writing time. It is recommended that teachers make time for writing practice every day and integrate opportunities to practice writing throughout the school day.
FEATURING: Alisha Bollinger, Norris Elementary School (NE)
An important part of the writing process is sharing. Having students regularly share their writing with one another in a format such as Writing Buddies is one way to encourage daily sharing and peer revising. This sample material can help teachers learn how to implement Writing Buddies in their classrooms.
Watch teachers show how they use "Writing Buddies" as a way for their students to help each other brainstorm and revise. Writing Buddies learn how to ask one another questions to think about ways to improve their writing. To learn more about implementing Writing Buddies in the Writer's Workshop, view the related sample materials.
FEATURING: Ginger Mason & Jon Holleman, Fall Creek Elementary School (NC)
As part of the Writer's Workshop model, teachers conference with individual students as they share their writing at different stages of the writing process. This sample material gives some ideas for specific areas in which teachers can evaluate student progress in their writing and discuss ideas for revision with their students.
Students are more likely to be engaged in writing if they understand the purpose of a particular writing assignment. Listen to a member of the IES Panel discuss how teachers can look for opportunities for students to write to inform, persuade, or convey experience. He illustrates strategies to help them plan their writing for a given purpose.
FEATURING: Charles MacArthur, University of Delaware