“Why Do You Keep Instructing The Same Way When You Keep Getting The Same Poor Results?”

Throw away the worksheets, toss the basal readers, it’s time you take charge of your instruction and mold the minds of the future

You went into this profession because of the intrinsic rewards that are captured daily.  Whether you observed a student transform from a nonreader to a reader, or guided a student through a writing piece, your pay nor your “performance” benefited from either event.

The teaching profession is taking a major shift and entering the extrinsic reward club, a club almost every other profession is in.

You are not not only “performing” to save you career, but to mold the minds of the future.

The brains that will transform our society.

You may already know I place a strong emphasis on teaching with the “brain functions in mind” as opposed to commercial curriculum.

One amazing benefit of teaching this way is that we are still meeting grade level goals (standards) but we are doing so in a way that is prescribed to the individuality of our classrooms and students.

In the same vein, we are engaging even our most challenging students and creating paths to their attainment so they too can progress.  Studies show that 99% of the battle in education is getting our students to “show up”.

Due to the organization of lessons and purpose-driven activities, teaching with the “brain functions in mind” promote excellence in education more potent than any traditional curriculum or curriculum map.

Through the implementation and scaffolding of strategies, students gain confidence and stamina to work independently.

This “brain-based” approach is why I believe teaching with the “brain functions in mind” can benefit your students so greatly.

But I consider one particular method the “granddaddy” of them all, because of its benefits are so amazing and far-reading.

“The Things I’ve Learned With (Cara and The Reading Strategies™) Have Allowed Every Student In My Class To Read and Write At Grade Level”
-Tara Bristow, Skokie, IL Classroom Teacher, LSBI Certified

Don’t Waste Your Time and Instruction with Traditional Curriculum

Just as it’s important to plan lessons that meet the requirements our nation has so graciously laid out for us, it is just as important to meet our “student requirements”

Avoid picking up any old material and teaching it because the “teacher’s guide” or your curriculum map says so.

It is important to be very selective.

If the lesson or mode of instruction you are looking for is not meeting your “student requirements”, you risk your students’ engagement and in turn their progress.

If the lesson isn’t promoting college and career readiness, you are robbing them of their future.

In fact, I recommend you totally avoiding any curriculum or lesson that does not allow a student to think critically, speak and think analytically and write purposefully.  Why waste your time – and risk potential consequences from artificial skills and questionable strategies?

Creativity, critical thinking and collaboration are recognized as the top three behaviors that the leading gurus claim our students need to possess to be college and career ready – brain-based activities lying at the very heart of instructional practices.  So it would make perfect sense to consider using “creative, critical thinking and collaborative” activities if you are considering teaching with the “brain functions in mind”.

We are at a time in which your pay, you career, hell you future will be held accountable for the lessons you plan to teach, the activities you engage your students and the progress that is made.

How This Instructional Practice Has Promoted Student Progress

That’s one of the reasons I have taken this time to research the best instructional practices and the behaviors of the most effective teachers – to find a high quality source of instruction for our students, our future.  During this time, I have witnessed firsthand how a strategic instructional approach and teaching with the “brain functions in mind” work in in unison.

And of the many practices and research I studied, the one in particular that caught my attention was strategy focused instruction.  It provides students with these “brain-based” benefits:

  • Supports neuroscience research
  • Promotes active learning
  • Boosts memory

And so much more….

There’s some debate about the process to go about teaching strategically.

But one thing is certain.  Students that think strategically will succeed.  Every successful person possess particular skills because of the strategies they implement.

Athletes strategize plays and workouts to have optimal performance when competing.

Scientists use strategies to create new inventions.

Entrepreneurs strategize their selling process and tactics.

Steve Jobs began his career with an idea.  An idea he strategized and in turn made billions of dollars.

Strategic thinking is the core of brain-based learning.  Without strategy, there is no road map.  There is no purpose.  Skills do not evolve.

How Strategic Thinking Influences Skill Attainment

You probably know that we need to teach skills.

I believe skills are the end goal of our instruction.  Skills form the purpose.

Skills are what propel students to engage the process of learning – if we don’t provide students with a roadmap to get there – frustration and failure will occur – something I’m sure you’d rather avoid.

Skills are also key nutrients in:

  • Supporting creativity
  • Promoting critical thinking
  • Helping problem solve

Strategies are the roadmaps to assist students to preform skills.

How Strategic Thinking Enhances Brain Activity

Strategic Thinking is a Left Brain Activity.  It likes analyses, comparisons, categories, objectivity – anything that creates order.

Strategic thinking is food for the brain.

Strategic thinking:

  • Asks how can we organize?
  • is convergent, brings information together

Strategic Thinking is the ability to judge whether a specific situation or piece of information is right or wrong, based on its ability to help achieve a positive outcome, or solve a problem or issue. 

Strategic Thinking reduces information down to its unique insight, the essential and core understanding of any topic.

How accurately and quickly a student can reduce information to an insight is a useful definition of how ‘strategic’ a student is.

Your Triple-Action Instructional RoadMap

Another potential advantage of strategic teaching involves independent learning.

Strategic Teaching can create independent learners in three ways, by:

  • providing students with tools to carry out specific skills
  • repetitive action that create automaticity
  • building confidence

How This Easy Teaching Style Has Become Embedded in Many Effective Classrooms

Strategic Teaching, like any other method of teaching is simply a tool a teacher uses to well….teach

Strategic Teaching has allowed us to exit “The Factory Line” classroom and enter a classroom filled with instruction designed to quench students’ “thirst for knowledge” not the need to simply cover subject matter.

What Are Your Best Sources for Strategic Teaching?

So by now, you might be wondering about potential sources for this type of instruction.

Well, you may already know you can find it in any traditional curriculum guide.  But as mentioned earlier, I don’t recommend using any commercial curriculum, due to its ignorance to teaching with the “brain functions in mind”

Even though there are beautifully created lessons and activities matching standards and grade level expectations, it’s very difficult to verify it’s connection to the brain and neuroscience research

Also, the lessons you find online are lessons that embed strategic thinking and match Common Core State Standards.  It doesn’t necessarily mean these lessons and activities match your “student requirements – and is not produced considering the brain and neuroscience research, causing you to risk your students’ progress.

So, what other options do you have?

I recommend search for high-quality, neuroscience researched lessons and activities that promote college and career readiness.

But there are some things you should watch for when choosing strategic lessons and activities.

Avoid Instruction That Will Not Engage Your Students

When I did my own research on available strategic instruction, I found a surprising array of choices.

Besides, matching Common Core State Standard requirements and teaching with the “brain functions in mind”, I found lessons with questionable activities for students.  They didn’t motivate, engage the students.  They were not fun, or exciting.  They were just blah!

Another trait that existed within these lessons and activities was little student interaction.  Collaboration is one of the skills our students will need to be college and career ready.

There are others you may find as well, but the bottom line is…you don’t need or want these “pitfalls” in your instruction.

Your career and your future is on the line.

 The Two Major Components That Is Missing in Traditional Curriculum

Throughout my research, I did make note that successful classrooms that produced successful students utilized technology.

This technology was not the software that was included with the basal or the workbook.

Students created authentic presentations, simulations and demonstrations utilizing technology that is used in universities and big businesses.

Students were webbing story features, note-taking using an application on an IPAD, creating and editing videos and much more.

In addition, families were involved.  Even the most challenging families, those coming from low income to those coming from nannies.  There was a transfer of language, strategies and skills between home and school.

 Make Sure Your Reading Instruction Comes From A Teacher Experienced in Literacy and The Brain

The key to delivering lessons and activities that are effective rests in the experience of the creators.

In fact, I believe if a teacher has not written the curriculum you use, it is simply worthless.  I know first hand, the majority of the traditional curriculum you are using has been either written by sales agents or employees that have not stepped foot in the classroom for years.

So it’s important to highly scrutinize and research the creator’s credentials.

In fact, you may not be able to stop with the creator alone.  Keep in mind, the effectiveness of the lessons and activities with the students that sit before you.

Use This Checklist To Find Your Highest Quality Strategic Instruction

To take advantage of all the great benefits strategic teaching has to offer you, I created a checklist on what you should look for in the instruction you choose to follow.

Whatever you do, don’t settle for second best.

Here’s my checklist to help you find the best instruction source:

  • Contains only 100% strategic instruction – Do not just focus on skills.  The strategies get you to the skill attainment.
  • Teaches with the “brain functions in mind” – Determine what turns the brains in your classroom “on” and what turns them “off”.  Find instruction that meets those “student requirements”
  • Avoids commercial (traditional) curriculum – They are out to enhance sales, not students.
  • Provides engagement – Avoid instruction that will not engage your students immediately.
  • Utilizes authentic technology
  • Fosters family involvement
  • Is produced by a teacher experience with literacy and neuroscience – Don’t settle for second best here!

13 Ways This Unique Instruction Can Help You Teach During This Education Transformation

Let me summarize thirteen ways strategic instruction can help you effectively teach during this transformation:

  1. Boosts memory
  2. Helps promote critical thinking
  3. Supports creativity
  4. Provides a bridge to student independency
  5. Creates automaticity with higher-level thinking skills
  6. Encourages problem solving
  7. Helps you maintain student confidence
  8. Balances right brain and left brain thinking
  9. Aids you in support of neuroscience implementation
  10. Helps you maintain progress
  11. Assists your most challenging students
  12. Promotes motivation
  13. Helps you sustain the engagement in your classroom

And more…

Hundreds of teachers use strategic teaching based on neuroscience research on a daily basis in their classrooms today.

Isn’t it time you gave your students instruction they deserve?

“Cara has a wonderful knack for taking brain research and discovering and creating ways for students to learn and fantastic things can come about it.  I’d like to salute Cara and say thank you very much and keep up the good work!
-Lauran Cordaro, 4/5 Classroom Teacher
“The things I’ve learned with Cara…have allowed every student in my class to read and write at grade level.  That’s no exaggeration and no joke.”
-Tara Bristow, Skokie, IL Classroom Teacher, LSBI Certified

My Recommendation for Strategic Teaching Instruction

My time researching and studying effective instruction convinced me there’s only one tool I can recommend — my Reading Strategies program.

This instruction not only satisfies all of the selection checklist items above, it also provides you an

additional bonus – It has been used by many teachers and students improve their learning ability tremendously.

Let me explain why I consider this a bonus.

During my research and observations, I witnessed firsthand many classrooms that were using these strategies and techniques.  And to say I was impressed doesn’t do them justice.

The Reading Strategies goes far beyond producing the highest quality strategic instructional tool:

  • Helping preserve and enrich the brain’s capabilities – As a result, even the most challenging of students were showing tremendous progress.
  • Adhering to and setting new standards of college and career readiness – “boundary breaking” – the ability to go beyond standard frames of reference.  This includes both the perception and generation of new patterns.
  • Committing to authentic quality and memory enhancing connections – “if we want students to know what the information means, to expand on and to question it, and to make as many connections as possible with the rest of what they know, than we must challenge intrinsically motivated students within stimulating environments” (Caine & Caine 1991)
  • Respecting and honoring family involvement in education – By honoring the well-being and dignity students’ familes, a win-win scenario continues to evolve for everyone involved.

So, not only is the Strategic Teaching a formula of the highest quality,  the producer is totally committed to strategy use and the brain.

I think you’ll agree this is a win-win scenario for all.

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