Instructional Practice

Effective Practices

Guided Practice

PL-2, I-1, I-2



Be sure to check for understanding from ALL students before moving on from Guided Practice. Ensure that all students have an opportunity to respond to questions, receive feedback and practice alongside the teacher until they are fluent in the content.

Quick Tips

Consider using guided practice activities that will allow students to share their thinking with the whole class. Students develop their own thinking by hearing the thought process of their peers.


HISD Lesson Planning Guide

PowerPoint Game Templates


Other Strategies


Increase student thinking by asking more open-ended questions. Have students explain the “why” and “how” questions surrounding their understanding regarding a concept.


Make Guided Practice a game. Games increase focus, allows opportunity for practice and are fun for students. See the game template link for examples of games that make for great Guided Practice.