Watch an experienced teacher improve her teaching over four weeks of coaching. Students learn the importance of descriptive details in a writing lesson. See the synergy of poetry and performance in one classroom. Learn a great tool for pre-teaching and review in a lesson about analogies, and an ADHD expert shows how to maintain focus in a classroom. Aiming for Excellence - Breaking Routine in 3rd Grade ELA - Evaluator Renee O'Leary visits teacher Lori Diamond to observe a lesson on red herrings. The two debrief after the lesson. Renee suggests that Lori practice monitoring the pacing of her lessons and try breaking up her own routine. In four weeks, Renee will be back to observe another lesson. Meanwhile, Lori works with coach Joanna Miller to get more ideas. She tries working with reluctant writers in small groups among other things. When Renee returns to her classroom, she sees Lori try a new format for her class with students working in groups in a lesson that incorporates visual media. Great Lesson Ideas - Monster Match - Every student in Ms. Montgomery's class draws a picture of a monster and then writes a descriptive paragraph about it. Ms. Hoover then connects this class with another via video conference. This new class must now draw pictures based on the descriptions from the first class, who are now very aware of the importance of details in descriptive writing. Great Lesson Ideas - Poetry Open Mic - Lila Gray instills her own love of poetry in her students by encouraging them to write original works and finding poems that express who they are. Her weekly open mic sessions create a perfect venue for building confidence and helping students find their voice while still hitting core standards and learning lifelong skills. Great Lesson Ideas - Kick Me - Jody McCauley uses address labels to spice up the practice of thinking through analogies. Each student has a worksheet with one part of the analogy that they must match up with a word on another classmates back. Ms. McCauley advises using this activity for pre-teaching or review. The general principle of the activity can be adapted to any topic. New Teacher Survival Guide - ADHD in the Classroom - ADHD expert Pamela Milazzo works with special education teacher James McInstry as he tries to improve his instruction to address the students' struggles in maintaining focus. James shares that one of his goals is to improve how students transition among lesson parts.
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