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Strategies for Successful Student Learning: RESOURCES

Based on the book: Classroom Instruction that Works by Marzano et al, this presentation explores 9 simple teaching strategies that can be incorporated into all grade levels and across different subject areas as a means of improving student learning. Concrete examples, graphic organizers and activities are used to help bring these strategies to life in any classroom.

There is an almost limitless supply of materials available online that help support the incorporation of these 9 strategies into our teaching of any subject. Below is a list of some of our favorite online tools and materials.


Classroom Instruction that Works: PowerPoint presentation for general ed teachers about the 9 strategies for successful student learning, including a rationale and introduction, as well as specific examples for each strategy. If you are a language teacher, you can download this version of the PowerPoint and a handout with short overview of the 9 strategies.

Handout/Packet: MS Word document with more information about the strategies, black-and-white line masters with useful graphic organizers, thematic unit and lesson examples, along with activities that will help teachers explore the strategies by connecting them to their own subject/content area and grade level.

BOOK: Marzano, R. J., et al. (2001). Classroom Instruction that Works. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Web resources: There are so many online resources that can help support the effective incorporation of these strategies. Here is a collection of the best websites:

  1. Identifying Similarities & Differences: graphic organizers can be designed with Inspiration & Kidspiration; Analogies of the Day; Quia online games and activities 
  2. Summarizing & Note Taking: Notestar; take notes on webpages with social bookmarking sites like Delicious
  3. Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition: Create certificates with Certificate Maker; students can produce multi-media presentations with Voicethread and Slideshare 
  4. Homework & Practice: Online Stopwatch; Homeworkopoly; have students produce their own virtual picturebooks and share them online with Issuu 
  5. Non-Linguistic Representations: ReadWriteThink (Click on Student Materials); Comic strip and cartoon generators like MakeBeliefsComix; Visual Thesaurus; students can make online timelines 
  6. Cooperative Learning: Webquests; Wikispaces; Google Docs 
  7. Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback: Live classroom participation with online polls and SurveyMonkeyProject Based Learning; rubrics can be made and found at Rubistar 
  8. Generating & Testing Hypothesis: National Library of Virtual Manipulatives; Amusement Park Physics; Intel thinking tools like "Showing Evidence" 
  9. Questions, Cues and Advance Organizers: KWHL Chart; Video: "Social Bookmarking in Plain English"