“If we don’t have enough time or resources to do everything we’re asked to do, or want to do in the classroom, what should we do?” Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness, asked. With limited time and resources, teachers often have to prioritize what goes on in their classrooms. In “Yes They Can: The Five Highest Impact Priority Practices for Classrooms,” hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by The Center for College & Career Readiness, Kevin delved into the top five critical classroom practices.

Educators must start with the end goal in mind: college and career readiness. To get there, students must be able to read independently and proficiently at a certain level, and fluently apply math foundations.

5 Top Priority Classroom Practices

There are five impactful classroom practices that teachers should incorporate to help students get to where they need to be.:

1. The highest-ranking practice, teachers’ expectations of students, can have the greatest effect on student performance. Teachers can communicate their expectations by considering equality compared to equity. Treating students equally will not guarantee success because that doesn’t take into consideration certain barriers some students may have which others may not. In this environment, it is unfair for teachers to have high expectations. But, by treating students equitably and giving each of them the tools they need to succeed at their individual levels, teachers can have high expectations of students.

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