I remember a few years ago taking my daughter Lauren to get a new pair of shoes. When the salesperson measured her foot and told me her shoes were at least one size too small, I was flooded with parental guilt. How had I not noticed that her toes must have been curled, patiently waiting for me to realize she had grown? The classroom in May can feel like this, ready for the next size. It’s this sense of needing room to grow that can make keeping kids engaged in May especially tough.
We’re here just in time with 11 new teacher development videos from our friends at Success at the Core. We’ve partnered with them to bring you new videos showing classroom strategies that strengthen a teacher’s core. This week’s videos focus is on engaging students through relevant and real content
and authentic assessment techniques
. Next week, we have 13 more videos showing support structures and active and exploratory instruction practices. Regardless of how well your students seem to be “fitting” with their current learning, these videos remind us that a defined learning purpose can help us all finish the year strong.
P.S. We need your help! Please reflect on this school year to help us plan ahead for the fall. What did your students struggle with? Did you make any shifts towards the Common Core? What kinds of professional development did you seek out? Take this month’s Tchers’ Voice Survey
and you could win a $20 gift card to Chalkfly!Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
3 Student Engagement Videos