When teachers see examples of effective practice, they internalize a vision of what is possible. Helene Daigle
Videos are useful for helping teachers anchor theory into practice. They can be used to illustrate a concept or teaching practice or to anchor discussions. The following videos might be useful when planning professional development for English Language Arts teachers.
An Elementary teacher guides her students to make meaning by talking and exchanging ideas about a wordless picture book. The pedagogical practices highlighted are effective and transferable to other grade levels and teaching contexts.
An Elementary teacher guides her students in activating prior knowledge, sharing understanding and wonderings, and reflecting on the big ideas in a picture book. The pedagogical practices highlighted are effective and transferable to other grade levels and teaching contexts.
A Secondary teacher facilitates discussion and the exchange of ideas about graphic memoirs in literature circles. The practices highlighted are tranferable to other grade levels and teaching contexts.
A Secondary English Language Arts teacher works with her students to make meaning of graphic novels. The class begins withan introduction to the common conventions of graphic novels prior to inviting students to read and discuss a short excerpts from a graphic novel.
Students Talking About Texts: Crafting Choices (with subtitles)
Secondary Cycle Two students use small group discussion to explore crafting choices in a graphic novel in order to make meaning of the text.
Secondary Cycle Two students engage in small group discussion to make meaning of graphic novels using codes of visual texts and conventions of graphic novels.
Secondary Cycle Two students engage in small group discussions to make meaning of a graphic novel using codes of visual texts and conventions of graphic novels.
An Elementary Cycle Three teacher models how to support students through the respose to literature process using a picture book.
An Elementary English Language Arts teacher models ways to teach students to hold academic conversations during the response process.
In this mini-lesson, an Elementary English Language Arts teacher models how to develop a theory of a character during reading workshop.
Tools and resources for practice-based teacher education in English Language Arts. Tools include templates, video illustrations, and student guides, all anchored in cutting-edge literacy research.
Fifth-grade students use close reading strategies to determine the main idea and important details from a newspaper article about the Seneca people. In this video, students and teachers are engaged with EL Education’s grades 3-8 ELA curriculum. This video accompanies the book Transformational Literacy: Making the Common Core Shift with Work that Matters.
A Kindergarten teacher models how the use of success criteria to support students’ emerging writing skills.
An Elementary teacher demonstrates how to immerse students into the world of biographies.
A Secondary English Language Arts teacher models strategies that encourage students to make more compelling arguments.
A Secondary English Language Arts teacher models sequencing questions that support students as they make meaning of complex non-fiction texts.