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High-Impact Instruction

  • Title:High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching
  • Author:Jim Knight
  • Publication Date:December 2012
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781412981774
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Small changes can lead to big results!

The key to improving student achievement isn't more teacher time—it's more teacher impact. But how do you decide which instructional practices will deliver the most bang for your buck? In this handbook, written for teachers but suitable for use by principals and instructional coaches, best-selling author Jim Knight presents the high-leverage strategies that make the biggest difference in student learning.

This is no one-size-fits-all to-do list for the classroom—it's a simple and flexible framework you can customize to fit your working style and students' needs. Grounded in more than a decade of work with instructional coaches, this revolutionary book focuses on the three areas of high-impact instruction:

  • Content planning, including using guiding questions, learning maps, and formative assessment
  • Instructional practices such as the use of thinking prompts, effective questions, challenging assignments, and experiential learning
  • Community building, in which you shape a classroom culture that promotes well-being, creativity, learning, and high expectations

This accessible road map for professional learning empowers and supports you in making changes to your practice with practical tools, including: 

  • Checklists, numerous observation tools, and recommended resources for further reading
  • Online videos that focus on implementation of high-leverage instructional practices
  •  Ways that students, teachers, instructional coaches, and principals can support implementation of the practices
  • Suggestions for using the book and videos in coaching and school improvement efforts

When it comes to teaching, little changes can make a big difference. With High-Impact Instruction, you have a rich toolkit for improving your own practice and promoting great teaching every day in every class.

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Author Bio

Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction. Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management

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Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, Knight has presented and consulted in more than 35 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has a PhD in Education and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. He also writes the popular radicallearners.com blog.

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