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Students identify questions they should ask of their principal or of other faculty before the school year begins. They communciate their ideas for how to start a new school year off on the right foot based on their experiences as a student teacher. They consider the pros and cons of others' ideas for getting a good start on a new school year.
Walking the tightrope of etiquette involved with student teaching…in front of thirty kids.
Use a strong student/teacher relationship to foster a trusting environment.
Student Teachers are given the opportunity to examine how to use a computer-based laboratory for inquiry. The practice is done to teach future teachers how to use these tools so they can be ready for use in the classroom environment.
Students analyze the difference between looking and observing. They work on developing effective strategies for observation. They use an observation log as a reflective teaching technique.

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6th - 12th
Students explore education requirements for different professions, and define the skills and knowledge that adults use in their everyday lives. They define and describe what students, teachers and parents expect from formal schooling.
Students study personal space and movement. They move in these various ways skipping, leaping, running, twirling, sliding, and walking to reinforce their learning of alphabet sounds through dance. The remember the sound by using dance to set it in their minds.
Fifth graders study how to read fluently. In this reading lesson, 5th graders practice reading and recording any miscues. Students time each other and graph their progress each day.
Learn about Mexican culture while simultaneously strengthening reading, writing and computer skills. In order to get the most out of Esperanza Rising, pupils should have prior knowledge of Mexican culture. Therefore, there are links to a website included, and an anticipation guide designed to prepare your class. Once these are complete, your class will be ready for a thorough novel study!

Planning Ahead

Higher Ed
Student teachers increase awareness about what makes a plan effective when brought to life. They practice critically examining written plans for strengths and weaknesses. They also practice predicting difficult parts of a plan in advance.
Students recognize/verbalize fears/anxieties facing beginninng student teaching. They develop strategies to alleviate these fears and raise their level of confidence prior to the student teaching experience.
Learners survey other students, teachers, and administrators, using a provided questionnaire, to see what environmental problems the school may have. Learners then compile the results, post the results, and decide what the biggest conservation concern in their school is.
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening activity. They hear the story Drummer Hoff and listen to a related piece of music. When they hear the character they have been assigned, they beat a unique rhythm on an Orff instrument. 
Hola, buenos dias! One method of language teaching requires the teacher to create an immersion classroom, meaning that no English is spoken. This plan shows how a teacher would go about modeling phrases to teach greetings and appropriate openings. By the end of the period, your learners should be able to greet one another, introduce themselves, and ask how others are doing. 
Students identify the elements of a mystery, and brainstorm ways to develop mystery stories of their own. They watch a segment from an "Arthur" cartoon and discuss what makes it intriguing. They read a mystery and play a game using clues online.

Box It Up

9th - 12th
Students use a six-step problem solving method to design a box/container. They are given the criteria for evaluation when presented with the problem. Students keep a notebook on processes, procedures, material, cost, design, machines, safety, and other information related to the activity. Student work is displayed throughout the building for viewing by students, teachers, and administrators.
Learners respond to the story of Linares by coming up with ideas for their own fantasy animals to draw and decorate with patterns. They draw the fantasy animal on black construction paper and add colored patterns to the drawing.

A Mural Gift

2nd - 3rd
Students evaluate visual arts by creating a mural on their school grounds. In this art analysis lesson, students research Keith Haring's artwork while utilizing the web. Students read the book I Wish I Didn't Have to Sleep and create a mural on campus similar to Haring's style.
Fifth graders create a HyperStudio stack on an assigned amendment from the U.S. Bill of Rights. They read and discuss articles about the Bill of Rights, conduct research and complete a graphic organizer, and in small groups develop a HyperStudio stack to present to the class.
The animated S2 Unit will use the adventures of a Super Hero and her sidekick to teach basic science and math concepts. Educators can use comic books, Saturday Morning Cartoons and the adventures of Super Heroes to teach a nine-week science and math unit. This unit will cover Metric Measurement.

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