We're On The Same Team

Nov 14, 2016

Janice Smith

The summer between my first and second year of teaching I decided to adopt a puppy.  I spent all summer training him, and the following fall taking him to Beginner and Intermediate puppy training classes once a week.  And I’ll never forget the first time someone commented on his poor behavior to me.  I immediately […]

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Tight Transitions

Sep 27, 2016

Janice Smith

First of all, if you go to the Mission 100% library today to watch one teacher, make it Colleen Henry.  A 5th grade math teacher at KIPP Austin Arts & Letters, there are about 253 things we love about her classroom.  And we were only there for about 40 minutes.  So keep that in mind when watching […]

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Filling Up Buckets

Aug 15, 2016

Janice Smith

During my first year of teaching we had a Rookie Teacher meeting once a week, after school on Thursdays, which we affectionately referred to as TTWTTGADOTGT (good luck guessing what that one stood for!).  Beth Napleton, my teacher hero and now Executive Director of the incredible Chicago Collegiate Charter School, once taught us a lesson about classroom […]

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First & Last Five

Jun 6, 2016

Janice Smith

The ‘First Five’, or Do Now*, or Do First, is the chunk of time right at the start of a class period.  Most often used in Middle or High School, it provides an opportunity to do several things: 1) Set the tone for the class.  Students are often transitioning in from the hallway, and a […]

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Crystal Clear Directions

Apr 11, 2016

Janice Smith

Last week we shared a clip from Ms. Thoi’s PE class, specifically how she transitions students to the gym.  As promised, this week we’ll share a follow up from her class showing how she keeps it tight and urgent beyond just the transition, into the introduction of new content. When we think about getting 100% […]

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