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April 26, 2017

A Math Strategy: Which One Doesn't Belong? (Video)

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

Teaching Math: Reasoning About Addition (Video)

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

A Math Strategy: Same or Different? (Video)

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 29, 2017

Say It With Your Hands (Video)

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

Coaching for Equity (Video)

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.

March 15, 2017

Just the Facts: A Social Studies Lesson (Video)

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 22, 2017

A Classroom Strategy: The Line-Up Game (Video)

Elizabeth Iwaszewicz, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in San Francisco, uses music to help students focus their attention as they line up. She uses Jeopardy!'s theme song to make the routine like a quick and timed game.

February 15, 2017

Supporting English-Language Learners in Science (Video)

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

Warming Up With Rug Partners (Video)

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

Deepening Text Analysis Through Academic Discussions (Video)

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.

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