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Instructional Strategies That Work!

by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, Jane E. Pollock,

MCREL, 2001

In the book "Classroom Instruction that Works" Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock identify nine instructional strategies which have been proven through research to increase student achievement.   
In "Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works," Howar Pitler and others point out that "Using technology for technology's sake isn't a good application of instructional time or funding, and it is unlikely to improve student achievement."
Using technology to support good instructional strategies and carefully planning to choose the appropriate technology is key to good technology integration.  The below chart lists each of these 9 strategies.  Click on a strategy to view a brief summary, suggested classroom practices and a list of technology resources that can support you in planning, delivering and evaluating instruction.
Lesson Planning Questions Appropriate Strategy
What are the learning goals for my students?
Which strategies will motivate student learning and provide evidence of what was learned?
Which strategies will help students acquire and integrate learning?
Which strategies will help student practice, review, and apply learning?
  • Homework and Practice
  • Identifiying Similarities and Differences,
  • Generating and Testing Hypotheses.



** Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., and Malenoski, K. (2007) Using technology with instructional strategies that work. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.