How to Use This Toolkit

This Toolkit is organized in a homepage and five sections, with many links between sections.


The Home Page introduces the EFF Teaching/Learning Cycle, on which the toolkit is based. You may want to begin exploring the Toolkit by learning about this Cycle. You can see the eight steps of the cycle by moving your cursor over the colored numbers, or learn more about them by clicking on "Steps" in the menu bar. To see or print out the entire cycle, click on "The EFF Teaching/Learning Cycle" in the center of the circle of steps.

Each section of the site has a menu page that lists the items in that section.

The Examples section describes how teacher use the Teaching/Learning cycle to plan and carry out standards-based instruction. Each example addresses one EFF Standard. On the menu page, the examples are listed in two ways—by Standard and by Instructional Setting—so that readers can more easily search for examples that are relevant to them. Within each example are links that take you to other sections for more information about the Standards, the Cycle Steps, the Tools used in the learning activity, and often to other Supporting Materials.

The Tools section is a collection of activities that help teachers and students move through four stages of the Teaching/Learning Cycle: Preparation, Planning, Carrying out the plan, and Reflection. The menu page for this section organizes the tools by these stages. Each tool includes a stated purpose, a suggested process for carrying out the activity and a link to examples that use that tool. For tools that include worksheets, there is a link to a Word file that can be downloaded and modified as needed.

The Steps section provides explanations of each step in the Teaching/Learning Cycle and links to tools that can be used in that step.

The Standards section links to the EFF Standards Wheel. Click on the Wheel to see more detail for each Standard.

The Supports section includes a variety of supporting materials (descriptions of techniques and approaches, background theory, notes from research, etc.) that give practitioners more information on EFF-friendly practices.