Impact of the Fundamental Five

On Authentic Learning Experiences to Drive Student Success

What is the impact of the lesson being framed everyday?

  • We will...as a class...(It's all about the verbs)


We will identify the elements of the fundamental five and capture why it is effective across cultural and educational boundaries.


  • I will...on my own...(It's still all about the verbs)


I will implement to five practices in my classroom with an understanding of why they are effective.


The frame gives us a compass to keep us from chasing rabbit trails.


The teacher working in the power zone serves to further keep the student's learning on track.





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What is the impact of students talking with their peers about what they are learning?

  • Higher order think skills are used
  • Ideas are solidified
  • Analysis, synthesis, evaluation are vocalized
  • It gives the educator a peek inside the student's brain
  • It is a quick way to realign the student's journey to appropriate path


What would happen if...

How would you develop a plan...

Talk like a genius question stems


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What is the impact of writing about the learning that day?

Writing does everything that talking does, but it takes it to a higher level.


Writing is thinking.



  • Higher order think skills are used
  • Ideas are solidified
  • Analysis, synthesis, evaluation are vocalized
  • It gives the educator a peek inside the student's brain
  • It is a quick way to realign the student's journey to appropriate path


What would happen if...

How would you develop a plan...

Talk like a genius question stems


Writing increases rigor.





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What is the impact of teachers recognizing and reinforcing positive academic and behaviors?

Recognizing and reinforcing positive academic behaviors...


  • Motivating!



  • Great question, (insert name here)
  • I like how you (insert specific behavior here)


Keeps students going when they are discouraged

Kids are more willing to take risks

Brings kids out of their shells

Creates a safe learning environment

Empowers students to learn

Creates an environment where other students as willing to give their peers accolades



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What commitment to growth are you going to make as instructional leader in your classroom?

  • As an educational leader, I will set up a classroom where it is safe for kids to take risks, to fall, and to get up and dust themselves off after falling.
  • I will set up a classroom where students grow from their failures.
  • I will give students appropriate feedback and reassure them that failure does not mean that they will fail.
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How could educators benefit from the fundamental five?

  1. It will improve learning on top of any existing lesson plan.
  2. Purposeful talk and writing increase rigor for all students.
  3. It allows for differentiation of learning styles to accommodate the needs of diverse learning communities.
  4. Empirical data, both qualitative and quantitative, support the effectiveness of this learning tool.