The New Nation Unit 6
Following the War of Independence, Americans disagreed — often
passionately — about the form and function of the federal government. This unit explores how those conflicts played out as the new republic defined its identity in relation to other nations. (This unit includes a facilitator guide, video, and online text chapter.)
Contested Territories Unit 7
The United States acquired vast territories between the time of the
Revolution and the Civil War, paying a price economically, socially, and politically. This unit examines the forces that drove such rapid
expansion, the settlers moving into these regions, and the impact on the Native Americans already there. (This unit includes a facilitator
guide, video, and online text chapter.)
Antebellum Reform Unit 8
As a response to increasing social ills, the nineteenth century
generated reform movements: temperance, abolition, school and prison reform, as well as others. This unit traces the emergence of reform movements instigated by the Second Great Awakening and the impact these movements had on American culture. (This unit includes a facilitator guide, video, and online text chapter.)
A Nation Divided Unit 9
Although the Civil War is viewed today through the lens of the Union’s
ultimate victory, for much of the war, that victory was far from
certain. By examining the lives of the common soldier, as well as
civilians, this unit examines the uncertainty and horrible destruction
in the war between the states. (This unit includes a facilitator guide,
video, and online text chapter.)
Reconstruction a Nation Unit 10
Emancipation was only the beginning of a long road to freedom for those released from slavery. Following the Civil War, an immense economic and political effort was undertaken, focused on reunifying the divided nation. This unit examines the successes and failures of Reconstruction.
(This unit includes a facilitator guide, video, and online text
Captain James Cook - Mini Series
Approaching Tahiti & End Credits from the mini series of James Cook. This video gives you a good idea about the highs and lows of sea exploration. It is well acted and portrays the events very well.
Assessment in Math and Science - Will This Be on the Test?
Workshop 1. Will This Be on the Test?'; Knowing vs. Understanding
'Understanding is more than simply knowing. This workshop sets the stage for the entire series by examining what it means to understand, and explores how teachers can design a set of performance tasks to fairly and accurately assess the levels of understanding that their students have or have not achieved. Content Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.'
Assessment in Math and Science - What'd I Get?: Scoring Tools
Workshop 2. What'd I Get?: Scoring Tools (90 min.)
'Well-designed performance tasks give teachers the information necessary to evaluate the depth of students' understanding — but how can teachers determine quality work? This workshop demonstrates how teachers can construct assessment tools for benchmarks of student understanding. The role of students in the construction of scoring tools and the process of assessment will be a primary focus. Content Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.'
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-I Didn't Know This Was an English Class!
Workshop 4. I Didn't Know This Was an English Class!; Connections Across the Disciplines (90 min.)
'One measure of students' depth of understanding is the connections they can make across disciplines. This workshop explores how teachers can encourage these connections by designing performance tasks that build on other disciplines. Content Guide: Monica Neagoy.'
Assessment in Science and Math-You WILL be Tested on This!
Workshop 5. You WILL Be Tested on This!: Standardized Testing (90 min.)
'Teachers are under pressure to get their students to perform well on state and national tests. Sometimes, however, it seems that too much attention is paid to these tests. This workshop considers how teachers can use standardized tests to focus their teaching on improved student performance in the classroom as well as on these external measures of success. Content Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.'
Assessment in Math and Science-When I Was in School...
Workshop 8. When I Was in School...: Implementing Assessment Reform (90 min.)
'Changing old ways is not easy. Communication is the first step toward encouraging support for new assessment strategies. This workshop will focus on the importance of collaboration among teachers, administrators, and especially parents, when implementing assessment reform in a school or district. Content Guide: K. Michael Hibbard.'
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.
Investigating Word Meaning Workshop 9
Using a passage from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, Angie Zapata
teaches her third graders how to use context clues to discover the
meaning of unfamiliar words. Ms. Zapata’s mini-lesson also models
individual and small group work, as well book groups. (Optional
Fostering Book Discussions Workshop 10
Third-grade teacher Maria Ruiz-Blanco is piloting the use of book club
in her bilingual classroom. The class is starting a new book, My Name Is Maria Isabel, in their year-long unit on immigration. Working in
groups, students discuss what they read, ask questions, and make
connections to their own lives.
Looking At Cause And Effect Workshop 14
Holly Concannon and her fifth-grade class discuss cause and effect in a
passage from Gary Paulsen’s book, Wood Song. The lesson models grouping students for independent reading, as well as guided reading.
How To Play Badminton
Step-by-step guide gives directions to play the game while the video demonstrates what to do. Explains the use of the equipment and how to score the game. 2:21 min.
How to Write a Book or Story
Tips from a published author and English professor in this video on writing. Compose a book, whether as a form of expression or a form of financial stability, with help from this video.
Basic Mathematics : Learning Basic Math
Basic math is learning the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Use basic mathematics concepts for everyday life, like counting money and balancing a check book, with help from a math teacher in this video on mathematics. There are English captions at the bottom of the screen.
Expert: Jimmy Chang
Bio: Jimmy Chang has been a math teacher at St. Pete College for nearly a decade. He has a master's degree in math, and his specialties include calculus, a
Francine Prose describes how "Anne Frank's Diary Rises from Reject Pile to Bestseller"
Francine Prose, award-winning fiction author and author of Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife, is shown speaking into a microphone. She describes the arduous path Anne Frank's diary traveled to get published in the United States. "The book was turned down everywhere," says Prose, criticized as "boring" and "domestic." This is a portion of the video footage taken of Francine Prose speaking on October 6, 2009, in Corte Madera,