Ratio: All Students Thinking Hard


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In a high-performing classroom, the students are doing the mental heavy lifting. Their teacher lectures and explains when necessary, but also finds every possible opportunity to get out of the way and let students speak, think, and write. When a teacher isn't in the spotlight, her job boils down to maximizing the number of students participating and boosting the rigor of the work they're doing.

Match Schoolhouse's Ratio course will teach you three instructional moves you can integrate into any lesson to ensure that all of your students are thinking hard.

 
  • ‚ÄčLearn three simple instructional moves that will boost student participation in your classroom right away
  • Learn to ask questions in ways that ensure all students are thinking hard 
  • Refocus your lesson planning on what students are doing and thinking  

Syllabus


Lesson 1: Intro to Ratio

Introduces the two elements of ratio: Participation and Thinking.

Estimated Time to Complete: 45 minutes

Lesson Parts:

Video

Reading

Quiz

Discussion

Lesson 2: Turn and Talk

Describes how to implement a partner-based, high-ratio classroom technique.

Estimated Time to Complete: 20 minutes

Lesson Parts:

Video

Reading

Quiz

Discussion and Practice (optional)

Lesson 3: Cold Calling

Makes the case for asking questions without asking students to volunteer.

Estimated Time to Complete: 25 minutes

Lesson Parts:

Video

Reading

Quiz

Discussion and Practice (optional)

Lesson 4: Stop and Jot

Describes how to implement a writing-based, high-ratio classroom technique.  

Estimated Time to Complete: 40 minutes

Lesson Parts:

Video

Reading

Quiz

Discussion and Practice (optional)

Assessment

(Please complete previous section first)