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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Scaffolded Questioning

Feb 14, 2017

Janice Smith

Two things I think about a lot when observing teachers and classrooms are 1) Ratio and 2) Questioning.  Ultimately, a lot of other techniques we look at related to classroom management, systems & routines, and even building relationships with students and families are all ways to help us maximize instructional time in our classroom, and […]

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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: Practicing

Jan 30, 2017

Janice Smith

In a follow up to last week’s Video of the Week, which focused on introducing vocabulary to students, this week we’re going to look at a variety of ways to have students practice vocabulary after it’s been introduced.  Both the day and week of introduction, as well as continuing to spiral throughout the year to […]

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Feedback Codes

Nov 1, 2016

Janice Smith

Melanie Forte is hands down one of my favorite teachers to watch in action.  There are three reasons for this: 1) As is the case with many great teachers, it is incredible how many different techniques/moves we can capture in one class period.  She is an expert in doing a lot at once, in a […]

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