On this page you can see some selected teaching strategies. But you may also want to check the model lessons and strategies tags for our ongoing blog posts.

Expeditionary Learning has a series of Instructional Videos that show classroom applications of different teaching strategies. It also has a Center for Student Work  which hosts Pre-K to 12th Grade exemplary student work as “models to raise questions, provoke thinking, and inspire excellence”.

Collaborative Learning

I and We: Cooperative and Collaborative Learning
Socratic Seminar
Peer Critique and Feedback


11 Ways to Help Students Overcome Creative Block

Critical Thinking

Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Elementary Students


Check our blog posts differentiation tag for more ideas and resources.
Soft Start to Khan Academy in the Classroom
Differentiate Your Direct Instruction: Make Content Accessible to All Students
Differentiated Instruction in Math


Protocols and Engagement Strategies
5 Class Strategies for Engaging Students
Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas
How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students
T he Most Powerful 8 Minutes for Student Engagement
8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations
Brain-based strategies to engage students

Three Strategies for Enriching the Quantity and Quality of Classroom Talk
Show & Tell: A Video Column / Conversational Moves


Literacy and Deeper Learning

Modern Learning

The SAMR Model
SAMR Read Write Speak
Connected Learning
Build a responsive Classroom with Social Media
The Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher
9 Characteristics of 21st Century Learning
How to Become a Great Global Digital Citizen
10 Twitter Classroom Ideas for Exciting Learning
Great Collaborative Tools for Working Remotely
The 10 Best Edtech Blogs to Follow
Why Blogging is Key to the Future of Higher Ed
ePortfolios Vision for Graded School

In 2014/15 school year, Graded embraced the idea of using ePortfolios for Process and Product of Learning. As they were already being used in Elementary and Middle School, there was an official roll out to Grade 9. Other High School grades will follow in subsequent years.
Anatomy of an ePortfolio Post: Learn How to Learn
Anatomy of an ePortfolio Post: Developing Core Values

 Project-Based Learning

8 Essentials for Project-Based Learning
PBL Project Samples Search 

PBL Project Design Rubric
Museum Field Trips – Exploring Visual Literacy, the Fluencies and PBL
22 Customizable STEM Project-Based Leaning Activities
8 Simple Social Media & Project Based Learning Lessons

Learning Community

Learning Communities Protocols and Activities
Equity Protocols and Activities
Inquiry Protocols and Activities
Team-Building and Trust-Building Activities
Solution Fluency for Effective Student Communication


The Power of Protocols
Expeditionary Learning Grades 3-8 Protocols
Fishbowl Protocol for Evidence-Based Discussion
Protocols and Engagement Strategies


Ideas to deepen learning through reader-response activities
Points of entry: master complex informational texts
Socratic Seminar

Research / Inquiry

The Inquiry Process: 20 Questions Guide
How Students can Use Social Media for Research
Review How We Assess Group Research


Goldilock’s Discourse: Math scaffolding that is just right
Scaffolding versus differentiation
6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students

Thinking Routines

Defining Thinking Routines
Thinking Routine Matrix
Thinking Routines in Early Childhood Classrooms
The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet

Chalk Talk –  introduce and exploring ideas
Sentence-Phrase-Word – capture what a reader found meaningful from a text
What Makes You Say That? –  interpretation and justification
See-Think-Wonder –  introduce and explore ideas
3-2-1 Bridge – activate prior knowledge and make connections
I used to think… , but know I think… . – reflect on how and why our thinking has changed
CSI Colour-Symbol-Image – A thinking routine for distilling the essence of ideas non-verbally!
Tug of War – explore the complexity of fairness dilemmas (example: Digital Citizenship)

Visible Thinking

What affects student learning the most?
Why Thinking Matters in Schools
Visible Thinking in Action
Making Thinking Visible Facebook Page
Making Thinking Visible: 10 Applications for Parents
The Six Key Principles of the Cultures of Thinking Project
Cultures of Thinking Resources
Cultures of Thinking in PE
The Eight Cultural Forces that Define our Classrooms
The Language of the Classroom

Visual Notetaking & Presentation

The Visual Power of Infographics
Concept and Mind Maps


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