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Meeting Snapshot: Sharing Resources

Jason DiCarlo explains the importance of previewing resources and not just giving them to teachers, as well as linking the text directly to current work. In this video example, Jason...

Meeting Snapshot: Deciding Look-Fors

In this excerpt from a meeting before a first-grade demonstration lesson, Principal Jason DiCarlo and teachers discuss potential "look-fors" during the lesson—what everyone will focus on during observations. The lesson...

Sticking with a Topic

Tammy Mulligan leads a group with Luke and Gabby, two third graders who have trouble focusing on a topic while writing drafts. The demonstration lesson includes a prebrief and debrief...

First-Grade Retelling Demonstration Lesson

Clare Landrigan leads this first-grade demonstration small group on retelling strategies. The demonstration includes prebrief and debrief meetings with the teacher.

Coaching Tool: Voice-Overs

Demonstration lessons and coteaching settings are great contexts for engaging in the “partnership learning” approach to literacy coaching. What happens when the debrief discussion takes place hours after the lesson?...

Meeting Snapshot: Defining the Essential Question

Jason DiCarlo leads a team of first-grade teachers and specialists as they work to define an essential question before a demonstration lesson on the difference between fiction and nonfiction text...

Problems and Solutions: Small-Group Demonstration Lesson

In this demonstration small group, Clare Landrigan works with a second-grade teacher to reflect on the needs of two students and, after the lesson, debriefs with her about the learning....

First-Grade Writing Group: Catchy Endings

Clare Landrigan leads a demonstration small group with first graders who are having trouble writing catchy endings to their opinion pieces. The lesson includes a prebrief and debrief with the...

Meeting Snapshot: Evidence of Learning

In this brief excerpt from a first-grade team planning meeting, Principal Jason DiCarlo asks for evidence of learning from previous work together. The teachers had observed a demonstration lesson on...

First-Grade Small Group: From Decoding to Monitoring for Meaning

Clare Landrigan leads a demonstration small group with Braden and Talis, who are working to move from an emphasis on decoding in first grade to monitoring meaning. The video includes...

Monitor for Meaning in Third Grade

In this demonstration conference, Tammy Mulligan works with third grader Ben to help him monitor meaning. The lesson includes prebrief and debrief sessions with his teacher.  

Lesson Observation Debrief

Leslie Lloyd debriefs with teachers and her principal in this quick video after a minilesson observation.    

Interview on Lesson Plans

Leslie Lloyd explains her plans for a demonstration lesson.    

Writer’s Notebook Minilesson

Sean Moore shows his second graders how he develops topics in his writer’s notebook in this demonstration lesson.      

Organizing Writing: Demonstration Small Group

Kathy Provost meets with a small group to help fourth-grade students organize their writing. The demonstration lesson includes a prebrief and debrief with the teacher, Jaime Leger.

Taking Notes in Fourth Grade

Tammy Mulligan works with a group of fourth graders to help them build their nonfiction note-taking skills. The demonstration small group includes a prebrief and debrief with the teacher.  ...

Finding Evidence in Texts

In this demonstration lesson, Tammy Mulligan confers with fourth grader Hailey, helping her hone her develop skills in finding textual evidence. The lesson includes a prebrief and debrief with the...

Coaching Notetaking Skills

A few weeks ago, I was in a fourth-grade classroom as the teacher taught a lesson on notetaking. Listening to her, watching the students approximate what she was doing, and...

Grade Three Writing Checklist

Tammy Mulligan uses a checklist with third-grade writers in this demonstration lesson. The lesson includes a planning session and debrief with the teacher.

Five Notebook Pages I Can’t Live Without (and Neither Should Students)

Looking through baskets full of my writing notebooks, I find a handful of pages repeated in each one. They aren’t repeated in the sense that they are identical; rather, the...

First-Grade Writers: Demonstration Small Group

Clare Landrigan leads a demonstration small group with first graders. The video includes a planning session and debrief with the children's teacher.