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The first 5-7 minute chunk of a period of instruction that provides structure and makes connections to the learning for that day.

Best Practice

  • All students contribute to show understanding and learning,
  • Explicitly connects to the learning goal(s) and reinforces the relevance of the learning
  • Purposefully incorporates other principles of instruction
  • Links to prior learning and/or previews key concepts/vocab with a focus on various levels of Cognitive Growth Targets
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Quick-Write, Number Talks, Compare and Contrast, Vocabulary Building, Content Preview, Error Analysis, Short Text with Questions, Know-Want to Know-Want to Learn (KWL) Mini Quizzes, Kagan Structures