Teachers provide a variety of instructional techniques that engage students toward shared ownership of their proficiency. Responsive instruction, through progress monitoring, provides students what they need in a timely manner and incorporates best practices to meet the needs of individual students. Individualized learning plans are used to meet unique student nuances, reflect different levels of competency and learning styles, and apply differentiated strategies.
Leopold Elementary School teachers use Thinking Maps to differentiate instruction for all of their students. Thinking Maps are used to record a student’s thinking and assist in metacognition activities. All students use Thinking Maps. Teachers draw on students’ cultural backgrounds as they use Thinking Maps to answer key questions, such as “Why is this important?” and “What does this mean?”