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.
Matt Colley, a 9th grade history teacher at Oakland Technical High School in California, has students select topics for research in order to foster real-world applications to their own lives and futures. He utilizes diagrams to get students thinking critically about contemporary problems and possible solutions.
Barbara Jizba, a library media specialist at the Wilson Focus School in Omaha, Neb., teaches students how to differentiate formal and informal emails to develop their communication skills.
Chela Delgado, a 12th grade teacher at the Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, Calif., shares how her students design visual representations for their senior capstone projects on civic engagement. Students go through steps of planning and check-ins before utilizing technology to create their infographics.
Erin Gilrein, a 9th grade English teacher, and Jennifer Wolfe, a global studies teacher, both at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, N.Y., share how they have joint preparation sessions to create an interdisciplinary program that facilitates deeper learning for students.
Chela Delgado, a 12th grade teacher at the Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, Calif., and Matt Colley, a 9th grade history teacher at Oakland Technical High School in Calif., share how they use civic engagement projects to help their students become college, career, and community ready and recognize themselves as agents of change.
Fallon King, a 2nd grade teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary in Burien, Wash., and Kaia Tomokiyo, a kindergarten teacher at Southern Heights Elementary in Seattle, have students share their scientific ideas in whole-class discussions. Students can add on to each other's ideas and or present new ideas to share different thinking models.