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.
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May 03, 2017
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.
February 08, 2017
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, pairs English-language learners with native English speakers so that they can work together to develop their use of academic language. She uses the pair-and-share exercise to manage transitions between activities.
February 01, 2017
Viet-ly Nguyen, a 6th grade English teacher at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, Calif., uses academic discussions to allow students to share and compare their interpretations on social justice issues within a complex text. Engaging in academic discourse prepares students to begin writing well-developed responses.
December 28, 2016
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.
December 14, 2016
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.
November 09, 2016
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.
October 19, 2016
Marion Ivey, a kindergarten teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Oakland, Ill., makes criteria for success accessible for young learners in their writing lessons so that they can facilitate constructive peer feedback.
September 14, 2016
Tita Ugalde, a 2nd grade teacher at the Amanecer Primary Center in Los Angeles, gives her students "wait time" to think more deeply about their responses before answering her questions. Ugalde shares how this can help some students build self-confidence and persistence and also create a comfortable learning environment.
August 31, 2016
Geneviève DeBose, a 7th grade ELA teacher at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in New York, provides her students with bookmarks as a way to offer reading tips and discussion questions that support and heighten their reading comprehension skills.