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Focused Instruction, sometimes called aligned or standards based instruction, is simply good teaching and learning. It aligns what we teach with how we teach and what we assess in a continuous cycle.
The most effective teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools already engage in Focused Instruction every day, and the impact on student learning is undeniable. Our work is to develop the necessary tools and systems for Focused Instruction to become standard practice in every classroom.
Kindergarten students imagine a topic they know about and can teach to others. From The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a research think tank and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University.