Pathways to Understanding: Patterns and Practices in the Learning-Focused Classroom

Based on our book by the same title, this seminar presents practical strategies and innovative ideas for designing learning-focused instruction. These classroom-tested methods are applicable to all grade levels and content areas. The Pathways Learning Model provides the framework for connecting theory with practice. Each session explores dozens of tools and powerful templates to ensure high engagement and high success for all students. Sample lessons from across the curriculum and detailed strategy descriptions make these effective teaching tools accessible to new and experienced teachers alike.

Topics Include:

Teaching for connection-making

Acquire practical strategies and tools for supporting student success organized by an accessible learning model that guides planning, instructional decision-making, assessment, and reflection. Learn how to plan and deliver learning-focused lessons that engage students in high levels of meaning making.

Structuring collaborative student groups

Experience and apply useful strategies and management tools organized by a continuum of interaction that moves from simple to complex patterns of student-to-student and student-to-information engagement. Learn how to introduce and incorporate collaborative patterns within lesson designs and increase your students’ social learning skills.

Engaging and extending student thinking

Develop teaching methods and strategies that focus and stretch students’ abilities to access, organize, analyze, and apply information and ideas. Learn how to embed content specific thinking processes within lesson and unit designs.