My Favorite Mistake

Oct 25, 2016

Janice Smith

I’m guest teaching a class at Elon University for seniors who are getting ready to enter the classroom next year.  It’s an assessment course, and my focus has been on high quality end-of-lesson assessments (either MC or open ended) that not only assess student mastery of the day’s objective, but also are designed to strategically […]

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Productive Struggle (Primary)

May 16, 2016

Janice Smith

Sasha Mills, KIPP STRIVE Primary   Sasha Mills classroom is impressive for many reasons (her pacing, her instruction, her constant checking for understanding, the way she immediately responds to misconceptions she identifies, her positivity and constant reinforcement of student choices, and the list goes on…), but today’s clip focuses on how she addresses student misconceptions […]

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Slate Show Call

Mar 14, 2016

Janice Smith

At Henderson Collegiate they use something called ‘Slates’ in many of their classes.  This is a great way to: 1) Provide students with a lot of ‘at-bats’, 2) Give the teacher immediate data on student mastery as well as misconceptions, and 3) A chance to give students immediate feedback, with an opportunity to try again […]

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So I Can See Your Thinking

Mar 7, 2016

Janice Smith

Great teachers are constantly collective formative data on student mastery.  This can be done through intentional circulation and observation, using ‘fist to five’, exit tickets, or a quick ‘bopper’ check.  Take 30 seconds to watch Ms. Forte in this week’s VOTW, and read below for the 5 things we love about how she does this in […]

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Cold Call vs. Hands

Dec 21, 2015

Janice Smith

Cold Call is talked about a lot as an effective way to keep students engaged, get a larger percentage of students doing the thinking, and as a way to check for student understanding throughout the lesson.  Plus, it’s one of the easiest techniques to begin implementing immediately.* One important piece of cold call, however, is […]

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