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Belief that teaching is most effective when lessons are planned and designed with knowledge of students, including evidence-based practices and strategies, and offer learning goals and instructional activities that are directly related to expectations for what a student should know and be able to do at the end of the instructional chunk.

In Practice: When this belief is upheld, educators create classroom environments that encourage engagement by designing lessons that are based upon their knowledge of child and adolescent development to offer age-appropriate learning experiences and grouping.  

Implementation Tip: 

Use planning guides to thoughtfully plan lessons that promote small group learning and incorporate interactive learning structures. Here are two planning templates to get you started: 

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