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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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Stand and Talk

Sumita Jaggar, teacher leader with the Monterey Bay Area Math Project, tells us how to use the “Stand and Talk” activity to engage students in conversations about math concepts or ideas that provide them with enough base understanding to tackle a problem.

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Guided Inquiry

Learn how to use the “Guided Inquiry” process as an engaging way to introduce a new topic and promote higher-level thinking with students.

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Partner Talk: “I am, I Can”

Valerie Sun, teacher specialist at Glendale Unified School District, tells us how to apply the “Partner Talk” strategy to help students practice using instructional language to talk about themselves in a low stakes environment.

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Exit Tickets

Kim Guadagnoli, theater teacher at Grand Terrace High School, tells us how to use the “Exit Ticket” strategy to help students review and reflect on their learning.

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Name Acrostic

Name Acrostic: Nancy Perez, Spanish teacher at El Diamante High School, tells us how to use the “Name Acrostic” activity to encourage students to talk about and share their identity in a creative way.

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Interactive Read-Aloud

Dr. Liliann Patterson, third grade teacher at Westmorland Union Elementary, tells us how to use the “Interactive Read-Aloud” activity to help students learn, use, and practice new language through meaningful conversations.

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