Lesson Flow

Jun 8, 2015

Janice Smith

Over the past two years we’ve regularly struggled with the question of long vs. short clips.  Short was the original vision, allowing school leaders and coaches to show quick, targeted clips highlighting a very specific skill.  The more targeted, the easier it is to study the small details, practice and figure out what this looks […]

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Three Important Jobs

May 11, 2014

Janice Smith

Transparency with objectives is important for a couple reasons.  First of all, as we’ve mentioned several times before, knowing where you’re headed before you even start can help build investment, clarity and direction in a lesson.  Many students feel more comfortable when they know exactly what’s happening in that lesson, and are invested in working […]

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Thinking Lights On

Apr 7, 2014

Janice Smith

In this clip we see Ms. Trapani as she greets a small group of readers and begins their lesson.    Ms. Trapani is incredible at always building context into the work that students are doing, and why that work is so important.  This is often tied to their end goals (both of that year, and […]

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