Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares six principles for helping young students understand scientific argumentation.
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June 28, 2017
June 14, 2017
High school literacy teacher Christopher Maldonado shares how his English-language learners use dry-erase tables to visualize their thought processes and exchange ideas.
June 07, 2017
Second grade teacher Kitten Vaa shares how her students use graphic organizers to evaluate evidence. Students draw from multiple sources, including experiments and personal experience, to support their claims.
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.
April 26, 2017
Ryan Reilly, a 1st grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary School in Seattle, and Donella Oleston, a kindergarten teacher there, teach students how to make evidence-backed claims when reasoning about groups of objects. Both teachers create opportunities for students to share with the class their ideas and what they noticed.
April 12, 2017
Ryan Reilly, a 1st grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary School in Seattle, shares how he uses related equations so students can identify similarities and differences in numbers and symbols. By noticing patterns, they learn to justify their reasons and can then solve similar problems.
April 05, 2017
Donella Oleston, a kindergarten teacher at White Center Heights Elementary School in Seattle, uses a think-pair-share activity so students can practice constructing arguments by reasoning. Students look at groups of objects and make claims about how they are the same or different.
March 15, 2017
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, uses collaborative learning to engage students in academic discussions about American history. Her English-language learners and native English speakers refer to text resources and each other to differentiate facts and opinions about American symbols.
February 15, 2017
Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, prepares English-language learners as they investigate living organisms by having them practice using academic language with their peers. Students work individually and then in pairs to make shared claims about variations found in their research on the plants and animals.
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.