Big Ideas for Teachers

How Classroom Learning Happens


Classroom Learning = Lesson Quality * Sum of Student Effort * (1-Misbehavior Tax)

We believe this formula is key for helping you organize what you want to improve in your teaching practice. It’s a simplified way of analyzing the process of how a teacher gets kids to learn. This formula allows us to break up what can seem like a million components of teaching into a few focus areas.

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Additional Resources

“Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching” MOOC

This free, open-enrollment Coursera class explains 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to help teachers thrive in their first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

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Ratio: All Students Thinking Hard

The Learning Formula taught you that a quality lesson has about a million different layers. Watch “Ratio” to peel back one of those layers and learn more about the importance of planning lessons that promote participation and rigorous thinking.