Examining Effective Instructional Practices

Because each student is unique, instructional practices need to be responsive to students’ differing learning styles and abilities. Instructional practices are techniques that educators employ to involve each student in successfully learning the skills and concepts in the standards and objectives identified for the learning experience. Varying instructional practices keeps students more engaged and also allows them to access the information to be learned through multiple approaches. The tables at the bottom of this page include an array of instructional practices organized in the following categories:

  • Stimulating Creativity
  • Preparing for Learning
  • Interactive Techniques
  • Learning Through Inquiry
  • Collaborating with Others
  • Organizing Thinking
  • Strategies for English Language Learners

The following videos illustrate how teachers who are addressing the same group of students can meet the needs of the learners in their classrooms with effective instructional practices that move learning forward.



This video from Edutopia features Sarah Kaufman, a sixth grade humanities teacher from School of the Future. By implementing authentic assessments, Sarah is responsive to the needs of the students in her class. Sarah’s colleague, Rob Olazagasti, is also featured on this page demonstrating effective instructional practices.


This Edutopia video features a sixth grade science teacher, Rob Olazagsti, from School of the Future. Rob is a colleague of Sarah Kaufman, the sixth grade humanities teacher also featured on this page. Both Rob and Sara use a variety of rich instructional practices to stimulate student engagement and academic growth.

Downloadable Digital Resources

Our team has put together resources to provide you with suggestions to consider as you plan rich learning experiences for your students.

There are hundreds of well-researched instructional practices. The following tables include many of these practices supported by digital tools and organized into the following categories:

There are three additional web pages on this website that address effective instructional practices. Click on the following links to visit these pages:

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