SIM Content Enhancement Routines

The Content Enhancement Routines use powerful teaching devices to organize and present curriculum content in an understandable and easy-to-learn manner. Teachers identify content that they deem to be most critical and teach it using a powerfully designed teaching routine that actively engages students with the content. Teachers carry out instruction in partnership with students in a way that maintains the integrity of the content while meeting both group and individual needs.

All of the routines promote direct, explicit instruction. This type of instruction helps students who are struggling, but it also facilitates problem-solving and critical-thinking skills for students who are doing well in class.

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Planning and Leading

Some Content Enhancement Routines help teachers think about and organize content, then present it in such a way that students can see the organization.

Higher Order Thinking and Reasoning

These Content Enhancement Routines help students engage in the critical skills of higher order thinking and reasoning required by state standards.


These Content Enhancement Routines help teachers present complex concepts so students gain a deep understanding and develop a shared vocabulary for talking about important information.


This collection of Content Enhancement Routines helps teachers and students explore text, topics, and details.


Increasing Performance

These Content Enhancement Routines helps students complete work in the classroom.