Instructional Practice


Communicating Content/Concepts

Communicates content and concepts to students

I-6 Elementary

  • Teacher
    Ms. Milli Patel
  • Content
  • Grade
  • Objective
    Identify concrete models that approximate standard units of weight/mass and use them to measure weight/mass in the customary system and SI (metric) system.

Exemplar Video

I-6 Secondary

  • Teacher
    Ms. Rose Durant
  • Content
  • Grade
  • Objective
    Use a decision making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, and take action to implement that decision.

Exemplar Video

Rubric Indicators

Rubric Indicators:

I-6 Communicates content and concepts to students

The following best describes a teacher performing at Level 3 in this criterion:

  • Teacher explains concepts and skills clearly and coherently.
  • Teacher conveys accurate content to students.
  • Teacher uses developmentally appropriate explanations and explains new terms and vocabulary.
  • Teacher emphasizes key points needed to master lesson objectives.
  • Teacher communicates content and skills using visuals or technology in situations where such methods facilitate student understanding of lesson objectives.

Link to the complete Instructional Practice Rubric

Reflection Questions

Reflection Questions:

Use the following reflection questions to guide thinking prior, during, or after watching the video exemplar. They can be used individually or to facilitate conversation during PLCs, department meetings or as an entire faculty.

  • How can visuals or technology aid in communicating content to facilitate student learning?
  • What opportunities did the teacher provide for students to take leadership roles in communicating content?
  • Why is it critical to emphasize key points? How do you determine the key points of a concept?