Focus on Effective Teaching

Why Focus on Effective Teaching?

Effective Teaching: "A stream of conscious decisions made before, during, and after instruction that increase the probability that learning will occur."

~Madeline Hunter

"Focus on Effective Teaching"is a district wide professional development initiative that includes all teachers by 2016. The goal of this site is to provide ongoing support for professional decisions to apply research based strategies so that all students can be successful.

Possible Connections to APPR Rubrics

NYSUT Pearson

Anticipatory Set
Standard II, Element 5.B

Anticipatory Set
Domain II, PI 9
Domain V, PI 33

Standard II, Element 2.B
Standard III, Element 2.A & 2.D

Domain I, PI 4
Domain III, PI 20, 21
Domain IV, PI 22
Domain V, PI 34, 37, 44
Domain IX, PI 73

Standard II, Element 3.B & 5.B
Standard III, Element 4

Domain II, PI 7, 8, 9
Domain IV, PI 29
Domain V, PI 33, 35

Standard III, Element 2.C & 6.B

Domain II, PI 12
Domain III, PI 20
Domain X, PI 86


Resources to Download

Empowering and Encouraging Language

Helpful Phrases to use promote positive interactions.

Depths of Knowledge Chart

This chart includes verbs for Level One (RECALL), Level Two (SKILL/CONCEPT), Level Three (STRATEGIC THINKING), Level Four (EXTENDED THINKING) and a chart of sample activities at each level. Source: Webb, Norman L. and others. “Web Alignment Tool” 24 July 2005. Wisconsin Center of Educational Research. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2 Feb. 2006.

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