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10 design questions by Marzano will improve your teaching

I have been spending a bit of time recently, getting familiar with the teachings of Dr. Robert Marzano. If you are not familiar with his work, here is a condensed bio: Marzano is cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Englewood, Colorado. He is the author of more than 30 books and 150 articles involving research on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership and, school intervention. Marzano is a speaker, trainer and accomplished author. These ten design questions by Marzano will improve your teaching and make you a more reflective teacher.

What I like best about him is his advice that teachers need to use their own experiences when implementing his teachings and know that not everything will work for everyone. This certainly is true of the special needs population as well as any general education or those gifted students. In The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students.

imagesThese ten design questions are the basis of Marzano’s popular book, The Art and Design of Teaching, the basis of the ten design questions are to be used by teachers to plan effective units and lessons as well as execute them. Remember what works well with one child may not with another.

1.What will I do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress, and celebrate success?

2. What will I do to help students effectively interact with new knowledge?

3. What will I do to help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge?

4. What will I do to help students generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge?

5. What will I do to engage students?

6. What will I do to establish or maintain classroom rules and procedures?

7. What will I do to recognize and acknowledge adherence and lack of adherence to classroom rules and procedures?

8. What will I do to establish and maintain effective relationships with students?

9. What will I do to communicate high expectations for all students?

10. What will I do to develop effective lessons organized into a cohesive unit?

Think about this set of questions. How can they help you with your own teaching? How can they help foster individual connections with your students?

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