How might a lesson run if the teacher were allowed only 1,000 words of whole-group instruction each class period? Speaking 1,000 words at an average pace takes about nine minutes, which means that a teacher could only use nine minutes to address instructions, misconceptions, management, and assessment for an entire class.

I believe that if teachers and professional development leaders took this challenge on a regular basis, it would drastically change the way they plan, the tasks they ask students to do, the way they manage behavior, and the way they would differentiate for each student in the classroom.

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  • About the Author:

    Chris DeRemer is the dean of instruction at Manual High School in Denver, Colorado. DeRember has a his B.A. and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado studying school reform and innovation. His expertise is in project-based learning, professional development, and restorative practices in schools. You can read more from him at Crafted Tools and on Twitter @DeRemerEdTalk.