“Instruction does not prevent wasted time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all.” By James Anthony Froude

Instructional strategies are one of the most important elements for an engaging and effective learning environment. When instructional strategies are linked to the needs and interests of students along with being tied to the curriculum, outcomes, and assessment; learning is enhanced. Below are some of my favorite engaging instructional strategies:

All Areas:

  1. Playlist and/or Pathways
  2. Effective Questioning
  3. Sketch Notes
  4. Think Pair Share
  5. Turn and Talk
  6. Jigsaw
  7. Student Led-Conference
  8. Accountable Talk
  9. R.A.F.T (Role, Audience, Format and Topic)
  10. Socratic seminar


  1. Close Reading
  2. QAR (Question Answer Response)
  3. Story Boards


  1. Number Talks
  2. Visual representation (pictures, manipulatives etc)
  3. Teach Me/Show what you know (videos, books etc)

Content Areas (SS, Science etc)

  1. Discovery/Inquire Based Learning
  2. Science Notebooking
  3. Debates/Role Playing

Progress Monitoring:

  1. Alternative/Authentic Assessments
  2. Entrance/Exit Tickets
  3. Goal setting and reflection

Digital Instructional Strategies: Using technology as a tool to increase effectiveness and efficiency for the student, teacher, and parent.

  1. Collaboration with Google Drive apps such as docs
  2. Read&Write for Google Chrome and Drive
  3. Blogging, Vodcasting or Podcasting

Books and Sites for more engaging strategies:

The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo

Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom by Nancy Sulla

Glossary of Instructional Strategies




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: