Grade PreK–K Advisor
Lessons & Strategies from Naomi & Alexandra
- Welcome to Naomi & Alexandra's Kindergarten Classroom
- Back to School Our First Six Weeks
- No Homework Required for Kindergartners
- Getting to Know You with Math
- Action Painting on a SMART Board
Naomi Randolph and Alexandra Savvas are Kindergarten co-teachers in an independent school in New York City. Together, they aim to create a community of learners that motivate and support each other.
Grade 1-2 Advisor
Lessons & Strategies from Jennifer
- Welcome to Jennifer's 1st Grade Classroom
- Learning From Formative Assessment
- Homework: Why It Is Important
- Learning All About Me & My Class With Graphs
- Travel Pals: A Journey for Learning
Jennifer teaches first grade in Austin, Texas but was heavily influenced by her childhood in New Orleans. She inspires her students to discover the best in themselves and encourages inquiry into life’s experiences. Her classroom is often filled with laughter, music, singing and dance. She is Time Warner Cable’s 2006-07 National Teacher of the Year, and the recipient of other national teaching awards.
Grade 3-5 Advisor
Lessons & Strategies from Angela
- Let's Go Camping in Angela's 4th Grade Classroom
- Exploring the Genre of Review Writing
- Homework: Applying Research to Policy
- Three Dimensional Geometry: Sing It, Move It, Film It!
- Movie Making in the Classroom
A fourth grade teacher in Murfreesboro, TN, Angela takes pride in knowing her kids as individuals through readers and writers conferencing and using real-life elements to support learning. As a Fulbright scholar, she visited schools in Japan and took a teaching internship in Sweden. In her role of literacy coach she has helped approximately 60 other teachers improve their work.
Grade 6-8 Advisor
Lessons & Strategies from Sandra
- Welcome to Sandra's Middle School Classroom
- Presidential Election Vocabulary
- Making Homework Relevant
- Get Ready for Work
- State Reports: Researching the Grand Canyon
As a teacher of READ 180, a powerful program offering help to struggling readers, Sandra is in her 21st year of teaching. Even though her students start below grade level, she expects them all to succeed. The atmosphere she creates is safe and nurturing, guided by humor and mutual respect.
Grade 9-12 Advisor
Lessons & Strategies from Patty
- Welcome to Patty's High School Classroom
- Formative Assessments That Motivate Underperforming Teens
- Rethinking Homework
- Juvenile Justice
- Make a Novel Movie
San Diego is home to Patty’s 9th grade English classroom. 90% of her students are Latino and receive an asset-based approach to teaching. She uses authentic assessment, such as conferences with students, word sorts and journaling to accurately differentiate instruction. Ultimately she is able to move most of her students to a level of proficiency.