Observation Challenge: Can You See The Shift
in Student Thinking?

A Note from Sarah Brown Wessling:
Thanks for making our first Observation Challenge such a big success! Watching and analyzing video is an important step in our Theory of Professional Learning and we believe that studying the deliberate and precise teaching moves that make a big impact on student learning helps us grow as teachers.
This time, we are focusing on the instructional moves that help teachers release the responsibility of learning to students. This shift is crucial because it helps students construct their own learning, which in turn, teaches them how to think.

How to Get Started
Using an Uncut Classroom* (raw video footage) from Mr. Crandall’s class, we’ll watch a 5-minute segment without the benefit of any guiding narrative or graphic scaffolding so you can imagine yourself sitting in this classroom. We’re using a new technology called Zaption, which pauses the video occasionally to help you notice the important moves Mr. Crandall is making. (You'll get to interact with our video in a fun way!) Note: This video shows CCSS: Math.3.OA.B.5.

And be sure to come back to this page to see how other teachers are answering the Observations questions. (Don’t worry, all answers remain anonymous!)

Get Started: Can You See the Shift?

* Uncut Classroom videos show raw footage of a classroom lesson without any guiding narrative or graphic scaffolding. For more information on Uncuts, click here.

Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and is the Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel. Connect with Sarah on Twitter: @SarahWessling.