Gateway Regional High School

Common Instructional Practices

        Gateway Regional High School believes that learning is MORE. To help make this vision concrete and actionable, GRHS adopts the following common instructional practices to be implemented in all courses and grade levels. These 5 simple practices work in concert with one another and promote achievement for all learners.

          The Fundamental Five

  1. Frame the Lesson

Frame each lesson by stating the lesson objective and expectations for students in clear, student-friendly terms at the beginning of the lesson. Framing the lesson creates expectations for achievement for all students and helps focus their energy on the task at hand.

  1. Work in the Power Zone

        The proximity of a teacher to the student increases student success. Can you move around your room

to get to all students easily? Working in the Power Zone allows teachers to provide immediate feedback to students, respond to questions or misconceptions, and direct student learning and behavior.  

  1. Frequent, Small Group, Purposeful Talk

        Students learn best when they are able to process chunks of information. Every 10-15 minutes allow

45-60 seconds of student conversation about their learning to give them time to process. Use

partners or small groups to respond to teacher-provided questions or sentence stems directly linked to the lesson frame for the day. Pre-plan your questions or sentence stems to avoid low-level, recall questions.


  1. Recognize and Reinforce with Feedback

        Feedback to students is most powerful when specific, personalized, and recognizes effort. Rewarding

effort and improvement is as important as recognizing achievement. Recognizing and rewarding the

behaviors you want to see in class reinforces those behaviors. Working in the Power Zone allows for the opportunity to recognize and reinforce behavior.

  1. Write Critically

        Writing creates retention for all levels of students. Examples of writing can be exit tickets in

response to the lesson frame, answering an essential question, purposeful note taking (not copying lecture notes), writing a summary of information, etc. Writing tasks do not have to be lengthy and can be completed in all content areas.


The Fundamental Five, copy provided to all staff in 16-17. See your supervisor.

Fundamental Five Overview with Videos