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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When Students Do The Modeling

Feb 6, 2017

Janice Smith

This week’s clip comes to you from Colleen Henry’s classroom at KIPP Austin Arts & Letters.  First of all, Ms. Henry’s classroom is one of those rooms you want to sit in all day, because there are so many great takeaways.  It’s clear she’s been doing this for awhile, most notably by the way her […]

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Vocabulary: Planning & Introduction

Jan 25, 2017

Janice Smith

We’ve seen a lot of different vocabulary routines, but this one is perhaps one of our favorite.  Student led, working in small groups, the majority of the work is being done by the students and group leaders.  That said, you’ll need to pay close attention top pick up on exactly what they’re doing, as this […]

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Beliefs First & A Shared Mission

Jan 16, 2017

Janice Smith

There’s a lot we could write about today in observance of, and celebration of, MLK day.  His work and legacy is so deeply intertwined with the work we do, and more importantly the work being done in the schools we film at, that picking just one clip this week to share is challenging. But we knew […]

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Model Essays

Jan 3, 2017

Janice Smith

About a year and a half ago we shared a clip from our Collection titled ‘AP Essay Revisions‘, featuring the incredible Samantha Merritt at YES Prep East End in Houston.  We’re revisiting this Collection today because of how much we hear teachers and leaders talking about writing, writing instruction, and improving our students’ critical thinking. […]

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