The 4 "E"s of Effective Practices

The 4 "E"s of Effective Practices

Exposure

We expose students to many different ways of learning. Some examples of this would be doing experiments in Science, reading primary source articles in Social Studies, going on class trips, participation in theatre productions like Broadway, Jr. , and listening to a guest speaker like on Career Day.

Experience

We explore learning through doing.  Some of the examples of this would be dressing like a character from a book,  doing an interview , research a question generated from reading a book, belonging to a club, play with grade appropriate games /manipulative,  and assigning Student Ambassadors to lead groups in appropriate behavior. 

Execution

This is the application and synthesis of learning by students. Some of the examples of this would be when there is peer editing ( actionable feedback)  by students  after  doing a writing assignment,  completion of graphic organizers or Thinking Maps in all subjects, students use the Ladder of Success to problem solve independently,  debating in Social Studies, and using tools from technology in the classroom.

Extension/Expansion

We use a multidisciplinary approach to student learning. In this practice the learner becomes the teacher.  Some examples would be when students engage in peer tutoring to enhance learning,  reflecting on a class trip or experience with a Reflection form, completing a task at a learning center in the classroom,  and to use information from multiple sources  and multiple time periods to see the  historical significance.