1. We have to constantly adapt to meet students' needs in order to ensure their success.
2. Allow students to do the majority of the work as in doing, thinking, and speaking.
3. Provide students with multiple opprounities for practice.
4. Empower students to believe in themselves.
5. Involve and collaborate with teachers, families, and community members in the learning journey.
I am a big believer in providing students multiple opportunities for practice. In the book Outliers by Malcolm Galdwell, the author proposes that 10,000 hours of practice is the critical minimum level of practice for excellence at performing complex tasks. While the number is debatable, the idea that practice is vital for success is significant. Educators should embrace the idea since it can have a positive impact on students' learning. As a result, teachers should design their classroom and daily instruction to include multiple opportunities for practice. Here is a excellent example from our school where the classroom is designed for students to gain multiple opportunities for practice in representing numbers.
Fernando Rubio Jr. is a transformational education leader with one purpose: transforming lives by closing the achievement gap in public urban schools in order to set up students for life long success.