One of my favorite professional development resources is the Teaching Channel. The Teaching Channel provides short video clips on many topics at all grade levels. Want some ideas about managing transitions? Try the Teaching Channel. Struggling with how to differentiate your instruction? Try the Teaching Channel. In two – five minutes, you can get a view of how other teachers teach, manage their classroom, and think about their teaching.
Last summer I watched a teacher establish the purpose for her lesson by posting the acronym SWBAT on the board. As you can see on the clip, she said SWBAT; the students repeated SWBAT, and then they stated what the students will be able to do. While part of me thought this might be a bit gimmicky for my 7th graders, I liked the way the purpose for the lesson was more than a sign on the wall. I decided to adopt it for my class this year, … and I love the results. Not only are students clear about the purpose of our lesson, but they can restate our purpose later in the lesson and connect it to our class ending activity or exit slip. Another great benefit is when I enter the class from hall duty saying “SWBAT,” students know class has begun. No other signal is needed. We are ready to roll!