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Demonstration Lessons: Designing, Leading and Debriefing in Grades K-5

Grade(s): K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Topic(s): Assessment Tools, Leadership, Literacy Coaches, Teacher Study Groups

 

Demonstration lessons play a crucial role in professional development in many schools. In demonstration lessons, teachers observe a colleague leading a model lesson with students, take notes, and then discuss their observations together.

This DVD features two demonstration lessons at the primary and intermediate levels, and includes sample protocols and observation templates viewers can use in their own schools. In Part I, Tammy Mulligan leads a team of grades K-2 teachers as they design a lesson focused on building retelling skills. Tammy presents the lesson to second graders as teachers watch. The teachers then share their observations in a debrief session, and plan next steps for their own classrooms.

In Part II, Clare Landrigan works with a team of grades 3-5 teachers to design a lesson on inferring. The teachers discuss text selection in the intermediate grades and create a graphic organizer. The cycle of design, instruction, and debrief is completed in a fifth-grade classroom. This video can help any school staff get the most out of demonstration lessons. When designed well, these lessons are a springboard for continual discussions about cross-grade collaboration, using assessment data to lead instruction, and fostering reflective practice in teaching communities.

Chapters

Part I  Demonstration Lesson on Retelling with Tammy Mulligan  (Grade 2)

Lesson Planning with Data Analysis (Grades K-2 Teachers)
Planning the Lesson
Selecting Observation Focus
Lesson on Retelling  (Grade 2)
Partner Groups and Conferring (Grade 2)
Partner Conferring
Conferring:  Reading with Expression
Whole-Class Share
Lesson Debrief (Grades K-2 Teachers)
Next Steps and Action Plans


Part II  Demonstration Lesson on Inferring with Clare Landrigan (Grade 5)

Lesson Planning (Grades 3-5 Teachers)
Selecting the Text
Planning the Lesson
Selecting Observation Focus
Lesson on Inferring (Grade 5)
Small Groups and Conferring (Grade 5)
Conferring:  Tracking a Character
Whole-Class Discussion (Grade 5)
Lesson Debrief (Grades 3-5 Teachers)
Next Steps and Action Plans

You can view sample footage from the Demonstration Lessons DVD below by clicking on the "play" button. Please be aware that compressed video on the web is much lower quality than that on the published DVD:


 Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan are veteran teachers, literacy coaches and curriculum coordinators. They are the founders of Teachers for Teachers, a literacy consultation service based in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan have been working in the field of professional development for the past 16 years. They now run a private staff development business, Teachers for Teachers, working with varied school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy and to engage in institutional change.  They are the authors of Assessment in Perspective.