Instructional Strategies

  • The Sumner School District wants all students to excel and become contributing and productive members of society. Our ultimate goal is 100% graduation.

    At Graduation, the Superintendent certifies to the School Board and to the world that our students are ready to be successful-- ready for careers and ready for life. Each year the District strives to improve its systems of academic learning and social-emotional learning to prepare students for the world in which they live. By using effective instructional strategies, we help students martial their most fantastic resource-- the mind. It is our goal that every Bonney Lake and Sumner School District student knows how to be successful, has the Habits of Mind to solve problems, and has the skills for their chosen path.


    As learning is a dynamic process reflected throughout one's life, Sumner School District creates a culture that encourages critical thinking and reflection. By infusing Habits of Mind into our curriculum and programs, students will have the foundation for living a balanced and healthy life, succeeding in the workplace, and contributing as members of society.

    Habits of Mind are attitudes that efficient thinkers utilize when presented with a problem when the answer is not immediately apparent. Efficient learners are ones who are self-aware and self-regulating. They are continually seeking ways to assess and modify their own thinking and behavior in order to find solutions and new perspectives.

    The 16 Habits of Mind are:
    • Thinking flexibly
    • Managing impulsivity
    • Striving for accuracy
    • Gathering data through the senses
    • Thinking about thinking: Metacognition
    • Thinking interdependently
    • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
    • Finding humor
    • Persisting
    • Applying past knowledge to new situations
    • Questioning and problem posing
    • Creating, imagining, innovating
    • Listening with understanding and empathy
    • Taking responsible risks
    • Responding with wonderment and awe
    • Remaining open to continuous learning


    Explicit Instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented - and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible approach gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. Sumner School District teachers will:
    • Focus instruction on critical content
    • Sequence skills logically
    • Break down complex skills and strategies into smaller instructional units
    • Design organized and focused lessons
    • Begin lessons with a clear statement of the lesson's goals and expectations
    • Review prior skills and knowledge before beginning instruction
    • Provide step-by-step demonstrations
    • Use clear and concise language
    • Provide an adequate range of examples and non-examples
    • Provide guided and supported practice
    • Require frequent responses
    • Monitor student performance closely
    • Provide immediate affirmative and corrective feedback
    • Deliver the lesson at a brisk pace
    • Help students organize knowledge
    • Provide distributed and cumulative practice