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ERIC Number: ED426980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Power of Teaching. Characteristics of Effective Classroom Instruction on Health and Safety Issues. Bulletin No. 99061.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
This publication describes common characteristics that underlie effective curriculum and instruction strategies to prevent youth risk behavior and promote health and safety. In 1998, more than 50 teachers, staff developers, and prevention specialists from across Wisconsin came together to discuss what research and experience say about the content that should be included in effective school-based prevention curricula and how it should be delivered. This document identifies characteristics related to curriculum content and to instruction or delivery. Section 1 of the publication discusses Prevention: The Big Picture. Section 2, Purposes and Uses, describes the purpose of the publication. Section 3 focuses on Prevention: School-Based Curriculum and Instruction. Section 4, Prevention Curriculum Content Characteristics, offers: accurate, current information on health promotion and risk behaviors is essential; normative education is essential in shaping beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors; a strong focus on life skills development is essential; and key concepts that cut across many health and safety issues should be emphasized. Section 5, Curriculum Delivery Characteristics, includes: multiple instructional strategies are essential; it is better to take more time to teach fewer concepts; knowledge is the interaction between a student's prior knowledge and new information; a sense of safety and community in the classroom is basic to student learning; and clear, consistent messages are essential. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841; Tel: 608-266-8960; Tel: 800-441- 4563 (Toll-Free); Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin