Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning

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This collection illustrates high quality instruction as described in The Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning, available at the Kentucky Department of Education website.

Characteristics for both teachers and students are divided into five sections: Learning Climate, Classroom Assessment and Reflection, Instructional Rigor and Student Engagement, Instructional Relevance, and Knowledge of Content.

Resources include documents, PowerPoints, templates, and videos for teachers to use as discussion starters or for individual study.

For more information about The Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning, contact KDE.

  • Kentucky System of Interventions

    This resource provides an overview of the Kentucky System of Interventions (KSI) to assist schools and districts as they develop systems of interventions for their students.

    Grades: K-12
  • Components of the Student Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

    The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP, is changing how students prepare for their futures. This resource explains each component of the student part of the ILP.
    Grades: K-12
  • Differentiation for Reading in Math

    Teaching geometry to a diverse group of eighth-grade students.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Early Literacy Instruction for Middle-Level Learners

    Eighth-grade students receive explicit instruction in decoding and encoding words.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Fostering High Order Thinking

    Strategies to engage elementary students in higher order thinking.

    Grades: PreK-5
  • Four Part Vocabulary Instruction

    The Four Part Vocabulary program provides information to assist teachers and schools as they improve their research based vocabulary instruction.

    Grades: K-3
  • Generating Questions To Aid Reading Comprehension

    Students generate questions before, during, and after reading to aid in comprehension.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Guided Oral Reading for Diverse Abilities

    Strategies to meet the needs of students with diverse needs in the same classroom.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Guided Reading Group

    Teacher scaffolds comprehension thought processes in a fourth-grade guided reading group.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Hybrid Lesson Template

    How can a teacher incorporate a hybrid/blended lesson in their classroom? This lesson template will enable you to efficiently organize a lesson or unit to accomplish this goal.

    Grades: K-12
  • Ideas for Curriculum Implementation of ILPs

    The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP, is changing how students prepare for their futures. This resource provides ideas for routinely incorporating the ILP across the curriculum.

    Grades: K-12
  • ILP: Beyond Compliance

    The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP, is changing how students prepare for their futures. This resource presents the requirements for using the ILP and includes suggestions on how ILP data can be used to improve school culture.

    Grades: K-12
  • ILP Classroom Activities

    The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP, is changing how students prepare for their futures. This resource features multiple activities to introduce students to the many features of the ILP.

    Grades: K-12
  • ILP Completion Guide

    The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP, is an online education planning tool that is changing how students prepare for their futures. This resource illustrates the sections of the ILP students in each grade are required to complete.

    Grades: K-12
  • ILP Implementation Tools

    The Individual Learning Plan, or ILP, is changing how students prepare for their futures. This resource includes multiple examples of implementation plans from schools throughout the state.

    Grades: K-12
  • Integrating the Arts across the Curriculum

    This lesson plan template supports teachers as they consider how to integrate the arts into instruction in all content areas.

    Grades: K-12
  • Introducing Vocabulary

    A variety of strategies to introduce new vocabulary in social studies.
    Grades: 4-12
  • Introduction to ORQs in Primary

    First-grade students are introduced to answering open response questions.
    Grades: PreK-3
  • "I Wonder" Reading Comprehension Strategy

    Teacher models the "I wonder..." comprehension strategy to kindergarten students.
    Grades: PreK-3
  • "Making Words" Phonics Literacy Instruction

    A small group of first-graders build two- to five-letter words.
    Grades: PreK-3

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