High Probability Strategies

High probability strategies (formerly “high-yield” strategies) are any successful strategies that help your students learn.

This chart is a mix of the “high yield” strategies first pioneered by Robert Marzano and then elaborated upon by Douglas Reeves, TDSB, and the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. These are only a few EXAMPLES and are not meant to be definitive.

  • discuss similarities/differences                                 Examples: QAR, sketch to stretch, affinity diagrams, Frayer model, create metaphors, analogies and graphic representations
  • Summarizing and note taking                                  Examples: outlines, reports, bullets, key concepts, deleting unnecessary information, substitute information, rewrite, analyze information
  • Reinforce effort and provide recognition                      Examples: portfolios, school newspaper, honor differing learning styles, praise (symbolic rewards rather than tangible)
  • homework and practice                                                   Examples: retell, recite and review learning, journals, homework plan, parents know the goals and objectives but have limited role
  • create non-linguistic representations                                Examples: webs, diagrams, concept maps, drawings, charts, graphic organizers, sketch to stretch, make physical models, etc.
  • Set goals and provide feedback                                         Examples: display goals, RAN, rubric and exemplars
  • Questions, prompts, cues and advance organizers  Examples: focus questions, graphic organizers, think alouds, inferencing, skimming to identify key vocabulary, anticipation guide, annotating the text
  • Generate, explain, test and defend hypotheses             Examples: problem solving, history investigation, invention, experimental inquiry, decision making, reasoning, questioning the author, etc.
  • Alignment of standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment                                                                 Example: moderated marking
  • Modeling and mentoring of instructional strategies  Example: weekly PLCs
  • Engaging classroom environments                                 Examples: displaying excellent student work, posting standards
  • fewer assessed assignments and more feedback
  • Monitoring that is frequent and visible
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility to focus on inferring and making connections                                                  Examples: modeling, shared, guided, independent reading and writing
ADD MORE OF YOUR OWN HERE…These are any successful strategies that you have tried with your students that have contributed to their success!

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