L’enseignant intentionnel

L’enseignant intentionnel

L'enseignant intentionnel (The Intentional Teacher) Last week Vanessa Perez invited me to observe how she introduces new vocabulary to her French 1 students.  As I watched, I identified strategies Vanessa implemented to help her students make gains in language acquisition.  This had me thinking... If these strategies help her students learn and understand French, they [...]

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When Students Take Charge

When Students Take Charge

Sometimes teachers need to just step aside and allow students to take charge of their learning experiences.  I know it is hard.  When teachers ask questions they expect to see student hands begin popping up. Scanning the classroom, the hardest part should be deciding who among the eager faces you should call on, right?  In [...]

A Look into Lesson Study

A Look into Lesson Study

Last week Physics teachers Kathryn Smith and Judy Jennings engaged in a Lesson Study.  If you are unfamiliar with Lesson Study, it is professional development in which teams of teachers collaboratively plan a lesson, observe student behaviors during the lesson, and study outcomes after the lesson.  The goal is to conduct this mini-research as a [...]