25 Instructional Improvements

  1. Add Energy/Movement
  2. Display Preparation (e.g. making worksheet/slideshow, guided notes, or activity)
  3. Clear & Deliberate Transitions
  4. Crisp Start or Planned Ending
  5. Confidence, Comfort, or Teacher Voice (e.g. louder, not looking nervous)
  6. Simplicity/Clarity
  7. Clear Directions (verbally issued & visually displayed)
  8. Add Illustrations to Clarify Complex/Boring Material
  9. Prepared Discussion Q’s
  10. Engage in Management/Use Proximity
  11. Professional Attire
  12. Balance Teacher/Student Talk Time
  13. Add More Wait Time
  14. Make Content Applicable
  15. Improve Quality of Questions
  16. Time Management – Linger when Needed, Don’t Tread Water
  17. Encourage Student Involvement
  18. Get rid of Filler Words; “Like”, “Um”, “You know”, & etc.
  19. CFU – Check for Understanding
  20. Getting to/Involving Assessment
  21. Scaffolding – Clearly Frame Ideas, Content, &/or Lesson
  22. “Connective Tissue” Between Segments of the Lesson
  23. Differentiation
  24. Clear Objectives (in execution, getting to the point – not wandering)
  25. Good Use of Media (Short, explained, interacted with)

Adapting an Actual Lesson for ELL’s (Prompt)

what-role-did-women-play-in-the-french-revolution_5927b539-abee-4d5d-93dd-4a5ebbc8fa39Here is a slide show about the French Revolution (in PDF format – in KeyNote – in PowerPoint) that is suitable for native English speakers. Look it over and pretend that you’re going to teach ELL high schoolers with it next week. Specifically, make three specific adaptions (e.g. build a ‘Concept Definition Map’ for vocab. words for the words Estate, Clergy, & Nobility) using this Making Content Comprehensible for ELL’s doc that Gerardo generously left for us to use.
By class time on Monday 11/28 (because I wanted to give you an additional reason to be thankful), post a response on your site. Just write a heading, selecting the name of the adaptation/strategy and then take a few sentence to detail how you would implement it.

Adapting an Assessment Assignment:

Good afternoon, y’all —

Attached is the Adapting an Assessment assignment. This will be due on December 4th, and you must have decided upon an assessment from your mentor teacher that you’ll be using for the assignment by Tuesday, November 22nd.

Finally, the assignment itself mentions grade distributions for the sample assignment we’re providing you. They are below:

  • A (>90%): 10
  • B (>80%): 5
  • C (>70%): 37
  • D (>60%): 22
  • F (<60%): 15

ASSIGNMENT & RUBRIC: adapting-an-assessment-assignment-and-rubric-te-407

PETER’S SAMPLE ASSESSMENT: