Our Instructional Design

The Cycle of Effective Instruction
Daily lessons in the Reading Edge 2nd Edition use a cycle of effective instruction. All parts of the cycle may be present during the course of one day’s lesson, or the cycle may be developed over the course of several days.

Active Instruction:
During the first portion of each lesson, teachers prepare students for learning. Through questioning and modeling, they lead students through the new content they need to complete the rest of the day’s activities, whether reading a novel, conducting research, or working on a team product. Background videos are used to introduce new books.

Partner/Team Practice:
During this part of the lesson, students take control of their learning, working as partners or teams while teachers circulate through the room checking with individuals or small groups of learners to monitor comprehension and to clarify misunderstandings. This is a teacher’s chance to meet with students one-to-one for targeted instruction.

This takes place both formally and informally across the weekly cycle of instruction. Formal assessments occur at the end of each cycle. Informal assessments happen on a daily basis as teachers circulate around the classroom, through the daily products that students or teams complete, and during the wrap-up discussions at the end of a class period.

Teams earn daily points throughout the cycle for working well together and meeting certain behavioral objectives, and they receive formal recognition at the end of the cycle based on both the academic improvement of individual team members and the team cooperation points students have earned.

The cooperative-learning routines and other basic classroom-management strategies used in the Reading Edge 2 Edition are critical elements of a successful school experience. Research based and classroom tested, they form the foundation of the basic daily lesson structure.