December 2016 Archives

Melissa Porfirio, a 1st grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield, Va., uses academic choice to allow her students to choose how they demonstrate their comprehension of fairy tales. She uses interactive read-alouds and think-pair-share activities to help students identify story elements and work collaboratively to develop critical thinking skills.


Marlo Warburton, a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at Longfellow Arts and Technology Middle School in Berkeley, Calif., shares how greeting her students in the morning and expressing appreciation during dismissal are valuable opportunities for character building and for fostering teacher-student relationships.


Lindsay Young, a high school teacher at Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga, Calif., shares how she scaffolds instruction to support English-language learners. She sets students up for success by gradually releasing responsibility to meet the needs of diverse learners through individual and collective learning.


Debora Gaten, a 5th grade teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School, and Sherwanda Chism, a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Winridge Elementary School, both in Memphis, Tenn., share how they collaborate on curriculum instruction and lesson delivery to improve their teaching practices and boost student achievement.


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