How Can I Use The Marzano Placemat?

How To Use The Marzano Placemat

So, maybe you just found out your district is transitioning to Marzano, maybe your just had Marzano training and your head is spinning, or maybe you’ve heard of it and are curious to learn more. Whichever is true for you, the Marzano placemat is a great place to start!

The placemat breaks best teaching practices into three general categories. I call the first category “Things To Do Everyday”. The most important things in this category are deciding what you want your students to learn, and how you will measure their learning. I use a daily scale in conjunction with a student learning log that requires students to rate themselves before and after class.

I call the second part “Planned Activities”. This section mor or less lists a lot of best practice strategies you can implement. This is my favorite part because it helps you think about what you want your students to learn (what you identified in the first part), and then select the strategies or activities that will best help your students learn it.

I call the last part “Off the Cuff Strategies”, but, really, some of them are things can (and should) be pre-planned that just look like they are off the top of your head – things like playing quick games. Others are things that good teachers do like “maintaining a lively pace” or “engaging low expectancy students”.

I really think the way Dr. Marzano categorized and presented things on his placemat make it much easier to understand how all these best practices can go together to get the best possible results, and am excited to share with you what I have learned about Marzano goals, scales and best practices in the future!

How To Use The Marzano Placemat