All Kinds of Ratio

Apr 3, 2017

Janice Smith

When I was teaching and coaching teachers on a daily basis in classrooms, one thing I thought about constantly was ratio.  It started as simply work ratio, but the more classrooms I observed and the more teachers I talked with, it quickly became a bit more complicated.* The simple tag ‘Ratio‘ over time got broken […]

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Teacher Organization

Mar 20, 2017

Janice Smith

Teacher organization, and organization systems, are often the unsung hero of great classrooms.  We rarely notice them when observing great teachers in action, and they are often hidden behind the scenes.  But when done well they allow your classroom to run like a well-oiled machine, and you to focus on what’s most important. The new collection […]

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The Power of Positivity

Mar 13, 2017

Janice Smith

There are certainly some times of the school year that are harder than others.  October, February, that stretch right before Spring Break… I’m sure some of you reading this can relate.  And it was those times that I found myself disciplining more often, and smiling less often.  While sometimes it can be a tough time of […]

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Making Good Use of Transition Time

Feb 27, 2017

Janice Smith

I’ve seen tight transitions in a lot of classrooms.  Students are doing what they’re supposed to, they’re putting things away, getting out new things, moving around the classroom… you get the idea.  The question I often ask is why they’re doing it. Welcome back to Taro Shigenobu’s 8th grade science classroom in Henderson, NC, where we […]

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Data Driven Instruction (Practice)

Feb 21, 2017

Janice Smith

Last May we featured a collection of videos about data driven instruction, focused on the mindset and theory behind the practice.  In Part 1 (a collection titled ‘Data Driven Instruction: Theory‘) we focused on the mindset behind data driven instruction.  What teachers are thinking about as they plan for how to collect data, what do […]

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