On our page for social, emotional, and academic development, we share five instructional strategies proven effective in nurturing student agency, growth mindset, metacognition, perseverance, and academic success. ISA’s social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) project, supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, has engaged schools across the country in devising and adapting learning strategies for students to use to successfully complete challenging work, and below are the five strategies from that other page as well as seven others that we think teachers will find useful in the classroom.

In the area of writing.

  • Research shows students are more likely to revise if they get feedback that focuses on a growth mindset. Click here.
  • This strategy organizes writing through claim-evidence-analysis. Click here.

In the area of reading.

  • The define-ask-best answer protocol breaks down multiple choice questions and can fuel higher-order thinking. Click here.
  • This strategy integrates numeracy into a social studies class by helping students make sense of quantitative information in their reading. Click here.
  • This template, what is called the before-during-after reading annotation template, was devised for a science research course so that students could tackle journal articles and can be helpful when the text is challenging. Click here.

To help with classroom discussion.

  • This strategy leads to more robust student-led discussion by assigning and prepping students to play key roles. Click here.
  • This protocol for student-led discussions includes matching student discussants with peer reviewers. Click here.

In the area of mathematics.

  • An exit slip for self-reflection and self-assessment. Click here.
  • With this error analysis do now, students can learn from each others’ mistakes. Click here.

Other SEAD tools

  • This tool has been used in ISA schools to help students and their teachers more deeply understand the difference between fixed and growth mindsets. Click here.
  • This unit assessment calendar helps students complete ambitious projects that require sustained effort over time. Click here.
  • This exit ticket promotes student metacognition and gives teachers insight into student needs and progress. Click here.
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