All Kinds of Ratio

Apr 3, 2017

Janice Smith

When I was teaching and coaching teachers on a daily basis in classrooms, one thing I thought about constantly was ratio.  It started as simply work ratio, but the more classrooms I observed and the more teachers I talked with, it quickly became a bit more complicated.* The simple tag ‘Ratio‘ over time got broken […]

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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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Making Rigor Real

Jun 21, 2015

Janice Smith

80/20 Rule Erica Lapen, YES Prep Brays Oaks You may recall the clip we highlighted several weeks ago from Erica Lapen’s classroom at YES Prep Brays Oaks in Houston.  In it you saw the many ways in which she provides constant feedback to her students, and them to each other, in the spirit of constant […]

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