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Classroom Video: Think Pair Share

Reptiles, Time For A New Outfit

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Vertebrate Classification
Big Idea: Scientist develop models in order to explain phenomena
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Respect and Responsibility

The activity has them leaving the classroom and requires the students to work independently from the teacher. In order to make this a positive experience it is important to lay down clear expectations. In the first few days of school we cover respect and responsibility as being expectations. I remind my class that the expectations I have for them is that they can have fun while learning. Respect is following directions, being polite, and in this case being mindful of others in the building who are working. For example, they will visit a part of the school where others might be, they need to not distract and be good observers. I ask them how they can demonstrate responsibility and I add to their ideas on how it pertains to this lesson. After each expectation is given I always give the opposite example of what is NOT expected. It helps make the message more clear and gives them a model of what not to do.  

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Follow the Leader: Following Directions

4th Grade Science » Unit: Opening Science
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Mini Me

7th Grade Math » Unit: Proportional Relationships
Big Idea: The big idea behind the next two lessons is for students to apply what they have learned about ratios and construct themselves using that knowledge.
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Classroom Video: Think Aloud

Investigating Worms Part 2

3rd Grade Science » Unit: Animal Structures
Big Idea: How can you conduct an experiment to answer your questions about worms?
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Past To The Future:. The Innovationist

5th Grade Math » Unit: Partners in Learning
Big Idea: Use the PAST To CHANGE the PRESENT in order to SAVE our FUTURE
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Video Reflection

A Call for Correct Correspondence

5th Grade ELA » Unit: Communication Nation:Writing With Audience and Purpose in Mind
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Reflection on "Just Walk On By"

Students found this essay engaging and interesting. The language in this essay is quite sophisticated, but students caught enough to grasp the author's argument. I believe part of what made this text more accessible to them is the fact that they are familiar with the experience of the author. Also, many asked me for help figuring out the meaning of particular words. For the most part, these were words that, once clearly defined, could help them understand an important point, further proof that they were capturing the central points. Some even developed appreciation of his writing style as they tried to figure out what he was communicating. For example, a student asked me to define several words in the sentence, "Suffering a bout of insomnia, however, I was stalking sleep, not defenseless wayfarers." Once she understood what he meant, she said that was a "cool" way of saying that. Many students said they could definitely use it in their own essay, which they are starting to write in the next few days.

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Just Walk On By

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Exploring Identity

Sorting By Shape Buttons

Kindergarten Math » Unit: Comparing and Sorting Objects
Big Idea: Students are inspired by the Button Box to find different ways to sort their own buttons, including by shape.
Michelle Marcus added a Reflection

Project Based Learning

When I consider project based learning, I do so because I know so many standards will be covered at one time in an engaging way. 

When I review the video and photos of this lesson, and the others involved in this project, I am reminded by the intensity of concentration and the smiles of the students, that this is all for them. Yes, the standards are covered, but this is their real world and they are excited to be problem solvers in it.  

This type of thinking is what our future needs.  We, as educators, are charged with being a part of a team that "grows" thinkers, group problem solvers, and questioners. 

Check out this unit…here is our future!

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Nailed It!

3rd Grade Math » Unit: Going Batty Over Measurement and Geometry
Deborah Moran added a Lesson

Reading is fun! Kindergarteners learn to take care of their books.

Kindergarten ELA » Unit: Beginning Literacy
Big Idea: Children learn to care for books, an important beginning Kindergarten skill.
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