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See how one teacher creatively manages transitions from one activity or location to another while keeping students engaged and learning. Watch students have fun drawing monsters to learn descriptive writing skills. See how 7th graders develop strong conceptual understanding of the often-challenging topic of integer addition. Instructional coach Jim Knight advises a social studies teacher on the use of open and closed questions in the classroom. Social Studies Essentials - Unleashing the Imagination - This social studies lesson shows the experiences needed by Kindergarteners to help them make sense of the world. It focuses on life of American pioneers during the California Gold Rush and has students imagine what the pioneers would need for their trip across America. The lesson provides a great balance of strategies and activities that address tactile, auditory, and visual learning styles as well as a balance between whole group instruction and opportunities for independent exploration and creativity. Classroom Close-Up - E.L.A. Throughout the Day: Transitions - Madeline Noonan shows us two ways she manages transitions. We see her "Word of the Day" routine and her "Grab Bag Quiz." Both of these help to manage her class and add instructional time as students transition from one activity or location to another. Great Lesson Ideas - Magnets - Beginning first with the idea of very large and small magnets (the Earth and a water molecule), students explore the idea of magnetism and look specifically at creating a magnet that can be turned on or off. Storytelling supports student engagement and motivates learning as students begin to ask their own questions about magnetism. Journaling helps students to record and explain their experiences and provides a reference point for future discussions. 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 - What's Your Sign: Integer Addition - This 7th grade math teacher aims to ensure long-term conceptual understanding of integer operations knowing that students often stumble when only taught to follow the rules. She realizes that the use of number lines is essential for mastery and consistent with what students will do in Algebra I. Her students visualize the number values and operations on a number line helping them easily add integers of any size. Students also use color-coding as a strategy to support the idea of a number and it's opposite. Talking about Teaching with Jim Knight - Closed or Open: That is the Question - Instructional coach and ed researcher Jim Knight advises a social studies teacher on using open and closed questions to enhance learning during a class on economic systems.
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