S.U.P.E.R. Strategies are quick ideas that both new and experienced teachers can use to increase student success while also simplifying classroom workload. These are the secrets we’d all wished we’d known years ago.
If your goal is to bring someone on board to your new idea it needs to be so simple that you can sum it up in one sentence. Sure, it might be more complex, and have a number of nuances, but you need to be able to present it as a ten word or less elevator pitch.
This might seem obvious, but a number of teaching strategies seem to just shift hard work in one area to hard work in another area. How many times have you been presented with a new paradigm that is supposed to revolutionize the profession, only to discover there aren’t enough hours in the day to start implement the ideas, let alone make them part of your daily practice.
It’s not enough that these strategies can help out the teacher, they need to be powerful enough to create deep learning opportunities for the students. It can be something as simple as increasing engagement that leads to deeper understanding, or as complex as reframing the way students lead classes while teachers simply point the way to the next island in the sea of learning.
Student success should be increased in a measurable way, even if it is only a small step. Very often implementing a number of SUPER Strategies will lead to a great overall impact. The important part is that the strategies works.
We’ve all been there, listening to teachers talk about the way they’ve changed their classroom, fashioned utopia for their students, only to learn this was possible due to some very specific conditions relevant to that classroom, with those students, at that time. It’s not enough that the strategy works once. A SUPER Strategy must be repeatable time and time again in all number of learning environments.
The S.U.P.E.R. Strategies
SUPER Strategy #2:
Turn on the Subtitles
Pressing one button can make a difference for far more students than you’re aware of.
SUPER Strategy #1:
Use Highlighters to Choose Groups
Handout highlighters for students to use as they work. Use the colour choices to determine group work arrangements.