Demonstration of HITS

The high impact teaching strategies (HITS) are 10 instructional practices that reliably increase student learning when they're applied. Here are some simple examples of how I put them into practice in my classroom.

Strategy 1: Setting goals

During the first lesson of the week, I go through the weekly learning plan with my students and allow them to review the weekly learning intention. They are then encouraged to plan and see their own goals for the week based on what they will need to do to meet the learning intention.

Strategy 2: Structuring lessons

Strategy 3: Explicit teaching

Students enter with the Lesson Intention and Success Criteria on the board, as well as an essential question designed to get them thinking largely. This intention is referred to throughout any direct instruction, or working time in the lesson. A variety of exit slips are used often to get students to demonstrate where they are at in their learning.

Strategy 4: Worked examples

Across all my subjects I created a website of worked examples for all assessments this year. These student exemplar works allowed scaffolding and guided the students through independent practice allowing them to review and improve their work.

Strategy 5: Collaborative learning

The Drama Classroom requires great collaboration when playmaking. Students regularly work in an ensemble to devise work learning to 'hold on tightly, let go lightly' to their ideas and creations.

Strategy 6: Multiple exposures

Different activities to vary the interactions learners have with new knowledge.

Strategy 7: Questioning


Strategy 8: Feedback

Google Forms

Strategy 9: Metacognitive strategies

I love using Canva to create scaffolds and thinking routines. Many examples can be found on the methods pages on this site.

Strategy 10: Differentiated teaching