Practice Fifteen

Practice 15: Educators teach on their feet, thus utilizing proximity.

They engage learners personally, hold high expectations of learners, and should not limit learners to grade level or perceived ability.

 Implementation Basics | Practice Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting
 Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes | Hand Sign for Practice
 Practice Connections | Characteristics of Implementation with Online Resources
 Research | Literature | Poetry | Vocabulary | Music & Video Links
 General Resource Websites | Learning Strategies


Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.”

- Les Brown



Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

-Winston Churchill










Additional Quotes:

“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.” Charles C. Noble

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Nothing can be done except little by little.” Charles Baudelaire


Hand Signs for Practice

(Click links to see brief video clips of hand signs)





Practice Connections

Practice 15 Connections - list of other 17 Practices that are connected to Practice # 15



    1. Educators maintain personal contact with learners in an effort to meet individual needs and provide necessary direction and support.
    2. High Expectations - Design high-quality work through goal-setting and by teaching/ coaching in ways that challenge, motivate and support all learners in academic and social growth.
    3. Motivation and Validation of Effort
    4. Offer Challenging Learning Experiences
    5. Measure Progress:
    6. Quality work:



Practice Research Resources









Word Wall Vocabulary:

Engage involve fascinate interest

Intrigue engross enthrall immerse

“‘Engagement’ in Action”

Brainstorm words that describe how learner engagement looks, sounds, and feels. In pairs create a list of 10 words that describe engagement.

Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use and reflection.


Music & Video Links


General Resource Websites:

      • Flipgrid - online tool - Create and record visuals and promote student voice and choice in their learning. Grids are a meeting place for your classroom, your school, your department or any learning community to discuss your topics.
      • Seesaw - an App that allows students to explore a variety of powerful tools (like drawing, voice recording, taking videos, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them
      • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
      • What is QFT? - Question Formulation Technique - Explanation of the steps and videos demonstrating its use in the classroom.
        • Experiencing the Question Formulation Technique - An explanation and step-by-step instructions for the process
        • Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process
        • Teaching Channel has published a blog series that showcases teachers across the United States who use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). The blog series features educators from the lower-elementary grades through community college. It includes insights from science, history, English, library, and math teachers showing how the effectiveness of the QFT in the classroom is lived out in these educational settings.
      • Tools to Create Online Student Portfolios - Online resource giving options for creating student portfolios


Learning Strategies