New Teacher Coaching Cycle: Looking Closely at Text
Lesson Objective: Collaborate to plan and reflect on a lesson about analyzing syntax
Grades 9-12 / ELA / Tch DIY

Thought starters

  1. How does Mr. Parker structure the pre-observation conference?
  2. How does Ms. Hollins use the "juicy sentences" protocol?
  3. How does Ms. Hollins reflect on both the lesson and the pre-observation conference?

Great video. anything that I can see or hear helps me including that I now have a personal coach come to my classroom and help me one on one

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Having students not just read a text to get it done is a very important and difficult thing to mange. in this video there are many great  tips to help brdge the gap of teachers and students. there were many great tips showing how  a teacher can expaind the knowledge of the students. 

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This lesson strategy is interesting due to how the teachers predicted the specific examples of syntax that would mess students up and attempted to even utilize modern culture references to help students relate to the text better.  During the actual activity, though I did not see as much of the modern culture references, it was interesting how the teacher directly attempted to address all the students' struggles in interpreting tough sentences.  Starting with a less complicated sentence that contained syntax to bring students in also seemed effective in identifying pivotal points.  A question I have would be regarding how the students responded to this activity through maybe some type of independent practice and how successful students were in paraphrasing these "juicy" sentences themselves.  Did they need any more extra support in identifying the main purpose of each sentence?

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Shout out from NC - thanks for the video about analyzing complex texts and I like the phrase "juicy sentences". 

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School Details

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
101 N St. NW
Washington DC 20001


Joshua Parker
English Language Arts Math / 9 10 11 12 / Coach
Hannah Hollins


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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Tch DIY