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The New Norms for Learning in High Progress Classrooms

What are the New Norms for Learning? Learning starts here!

Watch the video at the bottom of this page. 

Then navigate to pages about each of the New Norms to learn more.

Browsing Text Sets

Teachers build text sets for students to use to learn content. Each time students begin a new unit of study, they teacher gives them time to browse. They look through the materials, and share what they are thinking and wondering. They build a bit of background, and begin raising questions that will help them as they move into the new unit of study. 


In HPL, we teach kids to systematically look over texts before reading them, using a two-step previewing process. Previewing helps readers to connect what they already know to what they are about to read, and helps to build background about new topics. It is one of the things readers do to construct meaning, make sense, and build new understandings.

Close Reading

After previewing, we determine where to begin reading. We read through parts that are less important, and closely read sections that require careful attention. Close reading involves breaking the text down into short segments, reading and rereading, and stopping to explain things to ourselves in our own words.

Taking Notes

We take notes only after we have built understandings about concepts and ideas. We use explaining in our words to monitor our own understandings. Once we are able to explain in our own words, we take notes to help us remember important information and to keep track of our thinking.

Talking from Notes

Talking and explaining are ways we make sense and develop and deepen our understandings. When we talk about what we are learning, we construct meaning. When we listen to others talk, we add to our own understandings. Talking and listening to others talk from their notes helps us to surface partial understandings and misunderstandings, and to seek help to understand what we don’t (yet) get.



Students learn how to create written pieces and presentations about what they are learning in every subject. By doing so, they learn how to write a range of texts and text types. Using their notes taken from a number of texts, they learn how to create informational texts.

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