SIM's Content Enhancement Routines empower teachers to think deeply about the importance of their course content and teach in ways that engage all students.

The Content Enhancement instructional method uses 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.


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

  • Course Organizer Routine
  • Unit Organizer Routine
  • Lesson Organizer Routine


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

  • Clarifying Routine
  • Framing Routine
  • Survey Routine
  • Vocabulary LINCing Routine


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.

  • Concept Mastery Routine
  • Concept Anchoring Routine
  • Concept Comparison Routine


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

  • Recall Enhancement Routine
  • Question Exploration Routine
  • Quality Assignment Routine
  • ORDER Routine

Higher Order Thinking

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

  • The Teaching Cause and Effect Routine
  • The Scientific Argumentation Routinee