Edutopia: Ten Tips for Engaging Underperforming Students

Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have homed in on ten top teaching methods, and teachers receive weekly PD to help them implement the practices.

BY MARIKO NOBORI

The educators at Cochrane Collegiate Academy, in Charlotte, North Carolina, have developed an instructional model called Interactive Learning (IL). It is a collection of their ten best practices, which they call their non-negotiables, and teachers must implement them in every lesson, every day.

Shana Oliver, the school’s academic facilitator, runs the training sessions for these best practices, and she helps the teachers see and experience how they can incorporate all ten into oneClass standing looking at camera; math book open with worksheet lesson. Here are Cochrane’s IL non-negotiables, with additional comments from Oliver. Watch the video to see what they look like in the classroom and go to our Resources and Downloads for a sample lesson plan that includes all ten practices.

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