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Balancing Informational & Literary Texts
(Grades K-5)

In this workshop participants will examine recommendations intended to help educators organize instruction and study to improve student learning, specifically, the practice of alternating worked examples with problem-solving practice.

About This Course

This workshop is part of a new series of content collections - Pepper Online Workshops (POW) – focusing on the hottest topics that educators are dealing with across the country.  These have been developed in partnership  with WestEd using some of the resources from their Doing What Works project. These workshops feature amazing videos, interactive planning tools, and other research-based materials.

Much of teaching is about helping students understand and retain new knowledge and skills. This can be especially important in the elementary grades when teachers are helping students build a foundation on which to build knowledge throughout middle and high school. Helping students develop deep conceptual understanding will allow them to use what they have learned in new situations.

There are many different recommendations in the IES Practice Guide for Organizing Instructions and Study to Improve Student Learning. The workshop will focus on the practice of alternating worked examples with problem-solving practice.

This course features resources and best practices suited for middle and high school classrooms.

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Looking to test your mettle? Participate in all of the course's activities (we use the honor code around here) and if your work meets the 85% requirements, you'll receive a personalized certificate to showcase your achievement. You can also apply for course credit (if desired).

Course Staff


WestEd, a nationally recognized nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults. WestEd provides a wide range of resources for K-12 educators to use in their classrooms. 

Lori Larsen

Lori Larsen has experience teaching in both the public and private environment and has worked at the District level in administration, as well as a education consultant traveling to schools throughout the United States and Canada. She has made presentations at local, state, and national conferences highlighting the use of technology as an instructional tool in the classroom and focuses on integrating technology and curriculum to engage students. Her experience as a classroom teacher and as a professional development specialist working with teachers gives her opportunity to work with teachers and students to effectively enhance classroom instruction and student learning.

Sarah Feldman, Seewan Eng
Course Code: POW322
Course Release: Mar 16, 2016
Estimated Effort: 1.0 Hours

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