Effective Teaching Strategies

Effective Teaching Strategies

“ Strategies for Effective Teaching are the instructional strategies that educators employ to significantly and quickly raise academic achievement in all subject areas. In combination with the careful examination of student work and frequent collaboration among teachers, widespread implementation of these Power Strategies can produce dramatic results.

Power Strategies for Effective Teaching synthesizes the work of many who have contributed to the field of educational research on instruction over the past 30 years.”  Reeves

Researchers at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) have identified nine instructional strategies that are most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and across all grade levels. These strategies are explained in the book Classroom Instruction That Works by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock.

1.   Identifying similarities and differences
2.   Summarizing and note taking
3.   Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
4.   Homework and practice
5.   Nonlinguistic representations
6.   Cooperative learning
7.   Setting objectives and providing feedback
8.   Generating and testing hypotheses
9.   Cues, questions, and advance organizers


  • Danielson, C. 2007.  Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, 2nd edition, Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Marzano., R. J., Pickering, D. J. and Pollock, J. E. 2001.  Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Reeves, D. B. 2008. Reframing Teacher Leadership To Improve Your School, Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Schmoker, M. J. 2006.  Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching And Learning. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.


The Leadership and Learning Center  http://www.leadandlearn.com/

The Marzano Research Center  http://www.marzanoresearch.com/site/

Classroom Instruction that Workshttp://www.tltguide.ccsd.k12.co.us/instructional_tools/Strategies/Strategies.html

Teaching Tips with Marzano’s Strategies: http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00002343.shtml