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Hi Member,
When I started teaching, I remember the question I’d most often hear myself ask: “What am I going to do tomorrow?” A fair question – yes – but it also suggested I was focused on myself: what I was going to prepare, what I was going to say, what I was going to be ready for. 

But soon that question started to shift: “What are the students going to learn tomorrow?” As my questions were shifting, so was my thinking. I was going from a teacher-focused, task-oriented mindset to a student-centered, learning purpose approach.

One way that helps us all to stay focused on what students are learning is to find out, every day. This doesn’t have to mean a quiz, a test, or some other summative assessment. It means that we learn to take advantage of quick formative measures that help us ask: “What do my students need to learn tomorrow?”

This week I want to share three short strategy videos that focus on lesson reflection and gathering formative assessment. I think you’ll be reminded of just how valuable those last three minutes of class can be!
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
This video is from my own classroom. I use this strategy to understand what went well and how to get ready for the next day’s learning.
Jen Saul has a wonderful approach to the end of the school day that engages students and helps them feel appreciated.
Marie Barchi ends class with exit cards so she can provide differentiated support for her students.
In this new post, Tch Blogger Lily Jones shares her thoughts on arts integration and its value beyond an engagement strategy.
This weekend on Teaching Channel Presents: We're going to immerse ourselves in Middle School! Click here to find out where you can see our Teaching Channel TV show in your area. And, we now offer all our episodes online, one week after they air. Click on an episode number and watch now!
"Today I made the adjustments described below and things went very well. The students especially enjoyed the fairy tale part of the lesson and tomorrow we will finish the "Guess the Theme" worksheet. I think all of the layers of the lesson really work together to help the students build depth in their understanding of theme." - Jonathan Brubaker, on the video "Teaching Theme Analysis in Layers."

Tried a lesson idea or technique from a Tch video? Let us know how it went by leaving a comment on the video page!