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Instruction For All Students (Succeeding As A Teacher)
This program shows a wealth of strategies to use in the classroom to engage all students and to increase student achievement. Vivid classroom scenes incorporate current research to show how to structure and pace a solid lesson, including modeling, role-playing, teaching a new skill, providing feedback and practice, assigning homework,…
Inclusion, IEPs, and Special Needs Laws
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (I.D.E.A.) provides six principles that govern the education of children with special needs. It's one thing to read the law, but how do you ensure you comply with it and provide the best learning experience for your students? This examination of I.D.E.A. gives…
Succeeding As A Teacher Collection
Give new teachers the immediate skills they need to create successful classrooms today! Whether your setting is a tertiary education course, an in-service training workshop, a mentoring system, or even a library media center, you'll find these new programs a tremendous asset. These four films show how to advance student…
Curriculum: Guidance and Discipline
Part of the Series: Guidance and Discipline
Teachers accept children of all backgrounds into their classrooms, and they're delighted to do so. However, sometimes it might seem as if there just isn't any way to give all these kids what they need to excel. But don't despair! In fact, it is possible to design a curriculum which…
Responding to Diversity: (and Respecting Differences)
Classrooms are training grounds for students to learn how to respond positively to diverse environments. Every day, they interact with people who look different, come from different places, and have different preferences. This program explores the many types of diversity and the perils of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. We also…
Growing Up Green
Growing Up Green profiles a unique statewide, hands-on environmental education program in Michigan, the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. For the very first time, both rural and urban schools across the state are working to increase academic performance by involving students in local efforts to improve the environments they inhabit. This…
Schools That Change Communities
Schools that Change Communities profiles a diverse group of public schools that are successfully creating higher achieving students in a different way -- by turning the communities where they live into their classrooms. The film re-imagines what education can be, visiting K-12 public schools in five states across America that…
Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic awareness is the knowledge of the small units of sounds in our language which are connected to the alphabet. According to the National Research Council, this awareness is a major predictor of reading success. Viewers of this program join a lively teacher training workshop and then witness emerging readers…
Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning in Primary Classrooms
Part of the Series: Constructivism
Building on the ideas of Lev Vygotsky and Jerome Bruner, the consultants for this film worked with teachers in urban schools to foster self-regulated learning. This production presents both the theoretical underpinnings of their work and its results. Viewers visit busy classrooms where students are being helped to take responsibility…
Maria Montessori: Her Life and Legacy
Part of the Series: Giants of Psychology
Born more than 25 years before Piaget or Vygotsky, Maria Montessori understood the constructivistic nature of all learning. As she observed children building their understanding of the world, she developed materials and approaches to education that are now used, in part, in most early childhood classrooms across the world. She…
A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW
A Simple Question looks at an innovative program that brings together students of all ages, their teachers, community groups and local land-owners to undertake habitat restoration and preserve endangered species. STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) is a national model for involving students in hands-on, place-based environmental education. The…
Communication Breakdown - Bridging the Student -Teacher Gap
Part of the Series: Real Life Teens
In this program we address the communication gap that occurs between students, their teachers and counselors. We discuss how students can better understand the challenges facing teachers and counselors today. By understanding the mechanics of the school environment, teens will be better prepared for overall success both in and out…