Overview provides the connection to the Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The Overview summarizes the outcomes and key ideas for each lesson as well as the preskills needed for success. The Overview also provides scaffolding ideas and common misconceptions associated with the content.
Preview lets students know what is coming and establishes a purpose for learning.
Engage Prior/Informal Knowledge gives students an opportunity to talk about what they know and provides a platform for the new content to be connected.
Demonstrate leads students through the lesson concepts in an explicit manner with direct guidance from the teacher. Some aspects are solely demonstration, and others encourage students to mimic the teacher’s steps
Practice outlines several activities that promote interaction with the teacher, as well as small-group collaboration and peer interaction. These activities provide teachers with opportunities to give immediate feedback and additional instruction to students who need it.
Independent Practice activity sheets give students an opportunity to show what they have learned individually. The content closely follows that of the guided practice; however, students work without assistance, so that knowledge can be accurately assessed. Teachers can use these activity sheets for error analysis to determine mastery of the content or areas needing improvement. These activity sheets also are used to monitor the progress (discussed later) of each student across the course.
Closure provides an opportunity to review, tie in the new content, and make final connections about what was learned. Teachers have a final opportunity to address any misconceptions and make judgments about the necessity of supplemental activities to ensure understanding.