Belief that students learn best in environments of high expectations that are student-centered, developmentally responsive, academically challenging, and safe to make learning mistakes in.

In Practice:  When this belief is upheld, educators construct lessons that prompt students to think uniquely and critically about academic concepts, rather than having students turn in a worksheet where every response is the same. Educators who hold this belief welcome and encourage varying student perspectives and use these perspectives to further drive student engagement. 

Implementation Tip: 

Use graphic organizers as a way to support your lesson design. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Use for structured reflection of new content
  • Show relationships between events, ideas, objects, and topics
  • Examine different facets of a situation
  • Classify, categorize, and organize ideas

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