Students first. Growth mindset. Always learning. Innovative thinking. Collaboration. Strong relationship building. These are the key elements that propel the work that is garnering results for student achievement at Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City, Maryland.Read More
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Craig’s goals for his school are bigger than his team: just eleven teachers and no assistant principal. How did such a small team manage to improve the school’s test scores by a whopping 4.2%—one of the largest positive percentage changes in New York City?Read More
Discussion is a necessary piece of learning to fully understand, challenge, and support one's ideas and evidence. Learn how University Prep Academy’s teachers got more students speaking up in class than ever before!Read More
Simply stated, text complexity is how easy or hard a text is to read, based on quantitative and qualitative text features. Learn more about how to measure text complexity.Read More
Teachers at Mary Walsh Elementary School use qualitative data to differentiate instruction for students. In this video, a 3rd grade teacher explains her system and how she adapts her lessons. Then, watch her speak to students in her classroom to gauge their needs!Read More
Bruce Randolph jumped two school ratings and students’ test scores improved rapidly after the leadership team experienced a wake-up call that shifted the entire school’s focus to instruction.Read More
A focus question is a text-dependent question that sets a succinct purpose for instruction. It outlines what students should be able to answer in writing as a culminating task and will shape the lesson, or series of lessons, to get students to that point.Read More
Text talks—those “book clubs” that help teachers plan instruction—represent a completely new approach to planning for most educators. Are you ready to try text talks at your school? Here is Fall Hamilton’s advice for implementing them as part of text-based planning.Read More
Just imagine a planning session that leaves you more energized and confident for class—or don’t imagine and watch this video of a text talk!Read More
Here are two instructional practices Liberty teachers use to ensure the school’s youngest students become confident, lifelong readers.Read More
In this video, a 4th grade teacher from Fall Hamilton shares her perspective on what it was like to transition from a standards-based to text based approach to planning.Read More
Stanley Elementary School is known for their dedicated educators, who care deeply about students and are constantly developing their practice to meet the needs of their students. As first-year ANet partners, they’ve chosen instructional priorities that will align instruction with standards. In ELA specifically, they’re prioritizing complex text. In math, the focus is on the major work of the grade.Read More
The Renaissance Charter School in Queens, NY is doing great work around complex text. When you walk into different classrooms throughout the school, you’ll see first-grade students charting their stamina for reading, fifth-grade students reading and crafting their own memoirs, and sixth-grade students diving deep into texts and sharing their understanding with their classmates.Read More
Discussion can act as a bridge between reading and writing for students. It can prompt them to articulate, refine, and build on their ideas; and listening to their peers can expand their thinking.Read More
If we want our students to be prepared for the reading, writing, and thinking they will do in the future, texts should be an essential component of what we think about when we sit down to create a lesson plan.Read More