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    Instructional Strategies:  Although some of our learning occurs on the computer, we also engage in cross curricular projects, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), art, games, and physical activity to learn in our classroom. I’m always on the hunt for experts in the field that can work with the class and provide real world, career connections.  If you’d like to share your expertise with the class, please let me know. We’d love to learn from you, too!


    Whole brain, multiple intelligences, experiential based, and cooperative learning instructional strategies are used in this classroom for all types of instruction.  These strategies engage all learners strengthening left and right brain connections. There are times when I will use direct instruction, small group, and one-to-one instructional groups. Students are completely engaged verbally, singing, chanting, or moving with gestures to demonstrate learning.  We do have lots of fun!


    Management: There are 5 rules in my classroom.  The rules are designed to be used in various settings (school, home, bus, community, etc)..

    • Rule 1: Follow directions quickly (this is good for home, too).
    • Rule 2: Raise your hand for permission to speak (environment specific).
    • Rule 3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat (environment specific).
    • Rule 4: Make smart choices (all the time).
    • Rule 5: Make your dear teacher (insert parent/bus driver/etc.) happy.


    Students practice the rules daily.  IF a student is having a hard time with a specific rule, I remind the student about the rule and he/she demonstrates the rule along with reasons this is important in our classroom.  IF the student continues to struggle, he/she will practice during recess for 2 minutes. IF more practice is needed, I will send a letter home that evening with a note regarding the struggle and request for support and practice at home.  The note should be signed and returned to school.


    If you have any questions about the instruction, learning, and management of my classroom, please contact me directly.


    Together in education,


    Dr. Durbin, Ed. D.

    NBCT/ MC Gen

Last Modified on August 13, 2019