Instructional Management Toolkit
Teachers enjoy many free-to-use, top-quality Instructional Tools and Materials
from Classroom Toolkit. Copyright remains with the original author. an
Open Source license)
Use these instructional management tools and materials to enjoy time savings,
but enjoy more time saved by yearly planning. Follow the steps offered in our Planning Toolkit.
Instructional Management requires tools from many areas:
Thematic Units offer an efficient teaching strategy.
Thematic Units connect information and ideas in meaningful ways…ways that make sense to children, connect ideas about things that children are interested in.
For example, young children like animals and pets, while teenagers like action movies, video games, modern music (whatever their parents don’t like).
The idea: to connect instructional content area subjects (math, science, social studies, health, music, art, etc.) using a single theme.
Thematic Unit Resources:
- Daily Oral Language (DOL) and related strategies
- Daily Oral Vocabulary
- Daily Oral Math
- Daily Read Aloud
- Materials with a connected storyline
These strategies deliver efficient teaching through frequent repetition.
The challenge: Boring grammar, punctuation and spelling drill. So, instruction for a little bit at a time, and imbedded in an interesting story line keeps children focused. Over time, children’s skills improve, and teaching with Thematic Units proves enjoyable, not painful.
Daily Oral Math (DOM) and related strategies (Daily Oral Language, Daily Oral Vocabulary) offer frequent repetition.
The challenge: Formulas and procedures fade from children’s repertoires…if memorized.
But, with frequent repetition, embedded in an interesting story line, ideas and concepts develop in children’s long-term memories.
Over time, children remember the formulas and procedures.
Daily Oral Vocabulary (DOV) and related strategies also builds on frequent repetition.
The challenge: Children forget new vocabulary fast if they memorize words, but don’t use those words.
But, if the new words fast are used frequently, embedded in an interesting story line, vocabulary terms, ideas and concepts develop in children’s long-term memories.
Over a period of time, children remember meanings. One clue that vocabulary instruction is effective: when students use the words in conversation on the playground, in the cafeteria, and on the bus.
“Drop Everything and Read,” or “Sustained Silent Reading” (DEAR/ SSR) represent another,
often overlooked teaching strategy. What drives this strategy? Modeling.
Graphic Organizers: Any diagrams, flow charts, or visual devices that connect ideas and concepts.
From Concept Maps, to Fishbone and Venn Diagrams; from Cause and Effect Charts to any kind of graph, the mapping of verbal thoughts and ideas onto visual representations connects the information at levels beyond memorization.
Create and customize Graphic Organizers using your computer software that you already use. We show you how.
Download and use the stock designs we offer.
Mix and Match
Graphic Organizers offer high-impact, high-outcome ways to connect thought and comprehension.
For example, connect a “Sequence Chart” with text from a Weekly Reader, newspaper or News Story.
Or, connect the same text or article with a “Cause and Effect,” “Main Idea,” “Fact-Opinion,” or any appropriate
Link to Classroom Toolkit’s Online Graphic Organizer Online Resources
Teachers that form the habit of asking questions that range along the learning hierarchy…
…increase their effectiveness with little increase in time.
We recommend the method that Benjamin Franklin described in his Autobiography.
For example, take the above list and map the working days of the week to it.
You can skip the Knowledge Level since teachers spend too much time on this type of questioning.
|Daily Focus on Higher-Order Thinking Skills Questioning|
One way that teachers save time (and seem to follow administrative directives): “Teach to the test”
by writing their own practice tests.
In this way, test-taking practice remains connected to time-saving thematic learning units, instead of the random topics (found in the ubiquitous test-coaching teacher-store books).
Some test-creating templates allow teachers to “fill-in-the blanks” with a reading selection and add questions.
These test-creating templates vary in complexity on the following parameters:
- Standard Reading Goals and Objectives
- Higher-Order Thinking Questions
- Learning Styles/ Multiple Intelligences Thinking Modalities
Note: Bilingual test-taking templates offer one way that a Bilingual teachers can find enough test practice material in non-English languages.)
Classroom Toolkit offers several test-creating templates.
Learning Centers (whether physical (as it is in an elementary school classroom) or virtual (as in a secondary school Learning Management System), offer efficient and effective instruction. Learning centers..
- Change the modality from “teacher-talks, students-semi-listen”
- Allow students to move around and decrease chair fatigue
- Stimulate students’ talking and communicating
- Model real-life working environments (Team / Collaborative Learning Approach)
- Provide hands-on time on task
- Allow teachers to assess learning as it happens
- Allow the use of grading rubrics (a tremendous escape from the paper-grading-grind)
- Can be strategically designed to reuse the same learning task in creative new ways
- Represent opportunities to “integrate” technology into instruction in curriculum-centered (rather than technology-centered) ways
Learning Centers represent a tremendous opportunity for providing hands-on and other creative, Multiple Learning Styles/ Multiple Intelligences instruction.
Once teachers build students’ repertoires of learning center activities, new component skills are easily added to the work task. This represents a tremendous time-saver for teachers.
Student projects provide benefits similar to the learning centers strategy. In some cases, the boundaries between the two strategies prove difficult to discern.
The benefit of student projects: Projects span several days, even weeks… building long-term memory and association-type connections to information and ideas.
The benefit to teachers: design and planning of one project covers several days (to a week or more) of planning. Strategic and tactical planning also allow teachers to build “Design Once, Use Many Times” projects.
Classroom Toolkit provides editable templates that you can change or re-used to save a lot of time.
Instructional Management Documents
=> Script Cards
Instructional Management Pre-Configured Research