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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.