Words of Wisdom and Practical Tools

Shared by teachers in classrooms like yours across the state. Learn from colleagues who have been in your shoes, as they share specific skills and strategies to improve engagement and learning in the classroom. 

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"This video introduces 'The One-Pager', a versatile teaching tool that allows students to express their understanding of lessons creatively and concisely. The tool can be used across various forms of content, including text, film, and songs. It provides an efficient way to fill extra class time and makes grading more enjoyable for educators. The One-Pager is easy to adapt and modify to suit the needs of language learners and students with special needs. The video offers valuable tips on structuring the activity, suggesting the use of a gallery walk at the end of the class to exhibit students' work.

The One-Pager Activity

Jenée Fawson, a Spanish teacher, introduces “The One-Pager,” a versatile teaching tool. It’s a single-page activity where students visually summarize key lesson concepts using symbols and words. This strategy works

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Setting and managing expectations with secondary students is the key to building positive relationships and maintaining classroom management. Watch this video to learn about some key tips and strategies before walking into your classroom.

Classroom Management In Secondary Grades

Christine Ybarra, a teacher leader with the California Reading and Literature Project, offers valuable classroom management tips for secondary classrooms. She stresses the importance of clear expectations, engaging introductions, and

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"The Raffle Ticket Activity" is a positive behavior support strategy that encourages students to engage actively in lessons and promotes behaviors such as raising their hand and communicating effectively within their groups. It can be implemented for a single class period, an entire day, or throughout the school year. This approach works well in elementary and middle school for general education, special education, and English language learners.

The Raffle Ticket Activity

Explore the fantastic Raffle Ticket Activity with Katie Martel, an Education Specialist and eighth-grade math teacher. Discover this powerful positive behavior management strategy that can transform your classroom. Katie shares

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Building Rapport at the Door with Ashlee Lidyoff

Build Rapport at the Door

Ashlee Lidyoff, an academic coach, shares the impactful strategy of “Building Rapport at the Door.” Greeting students by name as they enter your classroom fosters a positive and supportive learning

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Emily Yamasaki Possible Sentences

Possible Sentences

Join Emily Yamasaki, an instructional coach, in discovering “Possible Sentences,” an engaging pre-reading strategy suitable for grades 2 to 8. This no-prep approach helps students predict content and activate prior

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