High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling evaluates her strategy for helping students develop analysis and critical thinking skills.
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Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares how her students develop argumentation skills with the use of scientific modeling.
June 28, 2017
Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares six principles for helping young students understand scientific argumentation.
June 21, 2017
High school English teacher Sarah Brown Wessling unpacks her use of pattern folders to teach about themes in literature.
May 31, 2017
2nd grade teacher Anna Dearlove shares how she prepares English-language learners before a whole-class lesson. During small-group instruction, she reviews vocabulary and provides ELLs with sentence starters so that they are prepared to engage in class discussions.
May 17, 2017
Kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Iwaszewicz shares how she pairs native English speakers with English-language learners during a turn-and-talk exercise to improve their speaking and listening skills.
May 10, 2017
Kristin Gray, a K-5 math specialist at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in Lewes, Del., shares a strategy for eliciting student discussion by providing her students with a picture that can be used to talk about numbers, shapes, and patterns. Students share what they notice and wonder about the image in pairs and as a class.
May 03, 2017
Sarah Brown Wessling, an English teacher at Johnston High School in Iowa, shares how she bounces back after a 'bad' lesson. Overplanning can result in an overly complex lesson, so it's important to make changes as the lesson goes on, based on the needs of students.
March 29, 2017
Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, uses hand gestures when she introduces new vocabulary. This strategy supports all students, including English-language learners, who can use their hands when they have difficulty articulating their understanding.
March 22, 2017
Joshua Parker, an instructional coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C., explains how equity is an essential focus of his practice. He provides teachers with the support and tools to reach all students and to recognize that learning needs are diverse.