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Sunday, April 20, 2014
4:00 PM

Follow a new teacher as she works with mentors to improve her skills in two weeks. Students discover different ecosystems inside and outside of the classroom. Join a science teacher as she introduces a dichotomous key to identify species. See how the abstract concept of density becomes concrete in a hands-on lesson. A differentiated instruction expert offers strategies to a new teacher. Aiming for Excellence - Time Management in 7th Grade Science - Ms. Shawn is a new teacher, but lucky to have coaches and mentors at her school site. Dr. Royce visits to evaluate one of Ms. Shawn's lessons. Her coach works with her over the course of two weeks before Dr. Royce returns to see a second lesson. See the growth in Ms. Shawn's instruction in just two weeks. Great Lesson Ideas - Exploring Garden Ecosystems - Molly Reed coaches her students through an exploration of garden ecosystems. Students work in groups moving through multiple stations. Ms. Reed also gives advice on adapting this lesson to an in-classroom environment. Great Lesson Ideas - Dichotomous Key - Mrs. Crowell takes her 2nd and 3rd graders on a nature walk where they use a dichotomous key to identify different species they encounter. This lesson shows a simple way to take students out on a walk and teach them how to identify species, no matter where they are. Great Lesson Ideas - Density - Kent Treadgold's 7th grade science class uses a hands-on project to learn the abstract concept of density. They measure the mass and volume of different cylinders, create their own computerized spreadsheets for data, and enter the formula to calculate density. By the end of the project, they're able to conclude on their own that density will not change as the shape and size of an object changes, as long as the material it's made of stays the same. New Teacher Survival Guide - Differentiating Instruction - New teacher Laura Gurick meets with differentiated instruction expert Rick Wormeli to learn some new strategies. They discuss the importance of ongoing accurate assessment



Sunday, April 27, 2014
4:00 PM

Watch as a teacher takes on the challenge of making big changes in his classroom in four weeks. Poetry and technology converge as students create podcasts about their favorite poets. Students learn about teamwork and design when they build a Rube Goldberg contraption. Watch a skillful teacher prod her students to think about the impact of their decisions. Witness before and after as a new teacher tries out seven classroom management techniques. Aiming for Excellence - Divergent Questioning in 8th Grade Math - Mr. Brettle's class is observed by teacher evaluator Barbara VanDenberg. Barbara suggests he work on divergent questioning, try having students work in groups, and put more of the cognitive load on his students. Over four weeks, Mr. B implements her suggestions. Watch the challenges of making these big shifts in your classroom. Great Lesson Ideas - Poetry Workstations - Keri McAllister uses technology, workstations, and a lot of choice to turn her students loose on a unit on poetry. In workstations students watch "poetry in motion" videos, create a podcast about their chosen poet, and post reflections on a chosen poem on their class blog. Great Lesson Ideas - Rube Goldberg Contraptions - Debbie Clark's 8th grade science students take several days to complete their Rube Goldberg contraptions. Bringing things from home, they experiment with the parts, design their contraption, and make a blueprint for it before beginning to build. This is a lesson that emphasizes cooperation, teamwork, creativity and design. Great Lesson Ideas - Project Earth Game - Pioneering 5th grade science teacher Connie Prewitt engages her students to learn some challenging life science lessons through a fun and elaborate role-play. Project Earth is a 100% immersive experience where students learn the impact of their decisions on individuals, communities, and the Earth. New Teacher Survival Guide - Classroom Management - Ms. Vreeland is a new teacher working to improve the management of her classroom. She shares a video of her class with