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Jul 23

5 Steps to Understanding

Do you want to dramatically increase students' understanding of new information across content areas and at every grade level? Then read Robert J. Marzano’s article in the October 2009 issue of Educational Leadership titled Helping Student Process Information as he describes his “five avenues to understanding.”

"Teachers must continually read student engagement levels and adjust the pace accordingly."

"Teachers can increase the response note to questions by having students respond to the answers of other students."


“To help students process information that is essential to understanding specific content, teachers can use an effective strategy that involves the following five elements.”

Read on to discover Marzano’s "five avenues to understanding.”


Robert J. Marzano, PhD, is cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Englewood, Colorado. A leading researcher in education, he is a speaker, trainer, and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. His books include Designing & Teaching Learning Goals & Objectives, District Leadership That Works, Formative Assessment & Standards-Based Grading, On Excellence in Teaching, and The Art and Science of Teaching. His practical translations of the most current research and theory into classroom strategies are internationally known and widely practiced by both teachers and administrators.


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In case you get bored with the lazy days of summer and want to get a jump preparing for the coming school year, I added to Stuff4Educators a section called How to Study Better based on research from Harvard Medical School that highlights four science-backed ways towards better learning (Hint: drop the highlighter). Additionally, I posted a YouTube video under exercise from the Dana Foundation that won the Northwest Emmy award called Exercise and the Brain that explores the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning. Finally, some books that I have read this past year and found to be stimulating are listed.