Instructional Expectations

Instructional Expectations

At Northwest ISD, in partnership with parents and community, we will engage all students in a premier education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens. All students will be ready for college, the global workplace4, and personal success.

In order to make our students future ready we must ensure that our students engaged in thoughtful and meaningful work by critically reading and writing every day. Students must analyze, problem solve, and make connections to relevant, real-world or unpredictable situations. Students must also collaborate and communicate with other students and adults daily by contributing their thoughts and ideas to solve problems.

Students in Northwest ISD, are engaged in authentic and safe learning environments that challenge them to take risks and know that struggling through learning leads to deeper understanding. Students understand their learning outcomes and reflect on their progress as well as providing feedback to their peers during the learning cycle. Educators also provide regular feedback to students and adjust their instruction, enrichment, and intervention to best meet their students’ needs. 

Inside NISD Workshop Model

NISD believes that student-centered classrooms provide the most effective methods for student success by providing models of support along with flexibility based on learner need. The workshop model is a structure used for delivering instruction that provides support for students to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and communicators. Predictable rituals and routines are important in the workshop model to provide consistent expectations.  The workshop model can and should be used on a daily basis as the primary method of delivering instruction. Mini-lessons are planned to provide students with direction, teach skills and strategies, and model expectations.  Students are provided with ample time to explore and use their new learning during the work period. During the closing, students share their thinking with the entire class. This model encourages students to take more responsibility for their learning and allows the teacher to differentiate instruction in order to accommodate the learning needs of all students.

The Workshop Model Breakdown    

The classroom time is broken down into the following range of percentages for each component of the Workshop Model.
Opening - 20-30%
Work Time - 45-55%
Closing - 15-25%
                                                   Wrap-Up - 5%