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Highly Effective Teaching Education Model

The Highly Effective Teaching model is a brain-compatible model grounded in the biology of learning, effective instructional strategies, and the development of conceptual curriculum. Formerly known as ITI (Integrated Thematic Instruction) and developed thirty years ago, the HET Model has been successfully replicated nationally in educational institutions serving rural, urban, and suburban communities. It includes proven strategies and methods for student learning, teaching and administrative management. Independent research has provided evidence of significant gains in student achievement using the Highly Effective Teaching Model.

Three independent areas of best knowledge and best practice form the structure of the HET model.

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1. Research on the biology of learning has given us a window on learning never before realized in the history of civilization.
  • Translate the biology of learning into practical application
  • Implement the nine bodybrain-compatible elements
2. Teaching strategies that align with the way the human brain learns have the greatest impact.
  • Design the physical classroom to support long-term learning
  • Create workable teams of students
  • Develop classroom management that uses agreements, procedures, Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS
3. Curriculum development by classroom teachers makes learning meaningful.
  • Anchor curriculum to a yearlong theme and rationale
  • Align district and state learning goals within the theme
  • Orchestrate being there experiences tied to meaningful content being there.
  • Reach out to the community

In addition to the Five Learning Principles, the Highly Effective Teaching (HET) Model provides Bodybrain-Compatible Elements and Conceptual Curriculum embedded with state standards, as well as an effective means for creating a classroom culture with character education.

2 Ten Bodybrain-Compatible Elements
2 Five Components of HET Curriculum
2 Lifelong Guidelines and LIFESKILLS




The HET model begins with an understanding of Five Learning Principles derived from the neuroscience of bodybrain research and is implemented through instructional strategies:
2 Intelligence is a function of experience
2 Learning is an inseparable partnership between brain and body
  • Emotion is the gatekeeper to learning and performance
  • Movement enhances learning
2 There are multiple intelligences (ways of solving problems and/or producing products)
2 Learning is a two-step process:
  • Step one: Making meaning through Pattern-Seeking (input)
  • Step two: Developing a mental Program for using what we understand and wiring it into long-term memory (output)
2 Personality impacts learning and performance

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