Groups, Projects, and Presentations
This program examines how social studies teachers in any grade level can use groups, projects, and presentations to help students become
actively involved in their learning. Topics range from structuring
groups to creating scoring guides and rubrics. Through examples of
cooperative learning, decision making, and problem solving, teachers can examine how to use groups, projects, and presentations to promote powerful learning.
Assessment in Math and Science - Is This Going to Count?
Workshop 3. Is This Going To Count?; Embedded Assessment (90 min.)
'Assessment does not compete for valuable teaching time; it is teaching time. This workshop shows how embedding assessment into everyday curriculum turns performance tasks into learning activities. Well-designed assessment allows teachers to shape subsequent instruction according to what their students have and have not understood. Content Guide: Monica Neagoy.'
Assessment in Math and Science-That Would Never Work Here, Either!
Workshop 7. That Would Never Work Here, Either!: Seeing Assessment Reform in Action, Part II (90 min.)
'Involving students in assessment is often the key to engaging them in learning. This workshop will continue to follow Barbara and Scott as they use assessment to encourage their students to improve their performance. Providing opportunities for students to assess their own work and that of their peers will be the focus of this workshop. Content Guides: Mary Hibert Neuman and Jude
Teaching Social Studies-Workshop 1
Why do we teach social studies? This session focuses on the relevance of teaching social studies and discusses strategies for helping students gain a deeper understanding of social studies content. The onscreen teachers review standards and themes developed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and view video clips from the Social Studies in Action video library to identify examples of powerful teaching and learning.
Teaching For Understanding Workshop 2
How do we plan for learning? This session focuses on the Teaching for
Understanding model, a framework for unit planning developed at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education. The onscreen teachers use the
framework to analyze unit planning in classroom videos, plan for their
own social studies units, and create a pictorial timeline of U.S.
history that outlines an entire year of learning.
Engaging Students in Active Learning Worshop 6
How do we engage students in active learning? In this session, the
teachers examine the elements of authentic instruction and cooperative learning to identify ways of engaging students in social studies content. They review the importance of questioning in relation to higher-order thinking and explore classroom strategies to stimulate
thinking and bring social studies concepts to life for their students.
Assessing Students Learning Workshop 7
How do we know students are learning? Because assessment often provides only small snapshots of learning, this session provides teachers with a variety of tools and strategies to assess students’ learning in formal, informal, ongoing, and culminating ways. The onscreen teachers analyze classroom video segments, develop criteria for assessment, and learn how to incorporate assessment strategies in a lesson on the most influential citizens in U.S. history.
Making Connections Workshop 8
How do we connect social studies to life beyond the classroom? In this
culminating session, the teachers demonstrate the major concepts they’ve learned throughout the workshop in social studies unit presentations.
Classroom video segments further illustrate effective ways of bridging
social studies concepts and the world beyond the classroom, and show creative examples of teaching and learning.
How People Learn: Introduction to Learning Theory -Session 1
This program introduces the main themes of the course. Teacher
interviews and classroom footage illustrate why learning theory is at
the core of good classroom instruction and demonstrate the broad
spectrum of theoretical knowledge available for use in classroom
Learning As We Grow: Development and Learning -Session 2
This program examines the concept of readiness for learning and
illustrates how developmental pathways — including physical, cognitive, and linguistic — all play a part in students’ learning. Featured are a first-grade teacher, a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher, and a senior physics teacher, with expert commentary from University of California at Santa Cruz professor Roland Tharp and Yale University professor James P. Comer.
Different Kinds of Smarts:Multiple Intelligences-Session 4
This program delves into Harvard University professor Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, describing how people have learning skills that differ in significant ways. Featured are teachers who share a class of five- through eight-year-olds, including several mainstreamed special needs students, and a ninth- and 10th-grade social studies teacher, with expert commentary from Howard Gardner
Feelings Count: Emotions and Learning-Session 5
This program introduces ways to create an emotionally safe classroom to foster learning and to deal effectively with emotions and conflicts that can be obstacles. Featured are a fifth-grade teacher and an eighth-grade band teacher, with expert commentary from Daniel B. Goleman, author of the book Emotional Intelligence, and Yale University Professor James P. Comer.
Teaching Diverse Learners Workshop 7
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how
teachers can meet the diverse needs of readers and writers in their
classrooms. Classroom examples and teaching strategies address different aspects of diversity, including culture, language, background, ability, and learning approaches.
Choosing Words Strategically Workshop 11
Caroline Cockman’s third grade class is learning how to revise
biographies using transitions and more descriptive nouns. A whole-group
exercise models the revision process, and small group instruction
focuses on students who need extra help in writing.
Reading Across The Curriculum Workshop 13
Gage Reeve’s class is learning new vocabulary in a lesson on global
warming. Students also use an idea tree to record main ideas and
supporting details and write their own questions to be answered after
reading the nonfiction text.
Middle School Studying For Your Learning Style
A series of short videos that deal with such aspects as types of learning styles and how to learn which is best for various types of learning. There are several short videos in this section. All students should watch this to get ideas on how to improve their study habits.
The Locus of Learning and Memory
In the history of psychology, the question of where learning and memory take place has occupied investigators for years. Recent work at the National Institute of Mental Health has brought scientists closer to resolving the issue. This module shows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology being used to identify specific changes in the motor cortex of human subjects —
A Super-Memorist Advises on Study Strategies
This module explores the brain’s potential for storage-as-memory. Rajan Mahadevan, a “super-memorist,” demonstrates his phenomenal memory by scanning a 7 by 7 matrix of digits and recalling all forty-nine digits forward, backward, and by columns. He also claims to have memorized 100,000 digits of pi. Mahadevan offers suggestions to help college students improve the
"Lessons from the Field" highlights the project-based, real-world approach to teaching science. The video segment follows a high school student who becomes motivated to learn when challenged to design his own experiment, work with professional mentors, and analyze and present his findings. This case study is excerpted from Learning That Works, a three-part teacher video series that explores the educational possibilities and benefits of firsthand applied science. Run time 06:12.
Living With Earth, Part I
Scenes of San Francisco before the Loma Prieta earthquake introduce this program addressing how humans are learning to cope with earthquakes. Various groups and agencies are studying the San Andreas Fault and the damage caused along its path to better understand how earthquakes ravage the land. Methods of studying earthquakes are reviewed.