Striking a balance between instruction and practice

03/7/2012 | Education Week Teacher

An instructional approach known as "spiraling" actually could be stifling students' learning, suggests instructional coach David Ginsburg. He writes in this blog that when schools focus on many topics each year, rather than studying fewer topics more thoroughly, some students may be lost because they have not fully grasped the material before teachers move on to a new concept. "In other words, we should provide students spiraled practice, not spiraled instruction," he writes.

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