• Best Practices in Instruction
    According to Classroom Instruction that Works, nine instructional strategies have the greatest positive impact on student learning. They include:
    • identifying similarities and differences
    • summarizing and note-taking
    • reinforcing effort and providing recognition
    • homework and practice
    • non-linguistic representations 
    • cooperative learning
    • setting objectives and providing feedback
    • generating and testing hypotheses
    • questions, cues, and advance organizers.
    Hopkinton embraces these "best practices" in daily instruction.
     
    Resources on Instruction
    Saphier, Jon, Mary Haley-Speca, and Robert Gower. The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills. Acton, MA: RBT, 2008.
     
    Ribas, William B., Jennifer Antos Deane, and Scott Seider. Instructional Practices that Maximize Student Achievement. Westwood, MA: Ribas Publications, 2005.
     
    Darling-Hammond, Linda. Powerful Learning: What We Know about Teaching for Understanding. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2008. 
     
    Marzano, Robert J., Debra Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2001.