Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles for improving instruction
This series shows practices that teams of teachers and coaches have specified and are currently investigating the conditions under which the practices best support student learning for all students, and English Learners in particular. If you and a group of teachers are interested in testing these practices with us then download the PDSA tools from the tools section, contact us for support and get started with your team!
Structured talk for reasoning with how and why a science phenomenon happens. This video shows a team of teachers investigating the practice of structured talk (supporting partners in talking-out ideas). Teachers’ key learnings from a year of investigations are summarized. If your team is interested in improving student discourse in classroom conversations, start here!
Using evidence to revise scientific models. These videos show a team of teachers investigating differences between using models and helping students revise models over time. Their key learnings from a year of investigations are summarized. If your team is interested in shifting teaching toward modeling as an important science teaching practice featured in NGSS, start here!
Revising a list of student-generated hypotheses with evidence from investigations. This video shows a team of teachers investigating how students coordinate evidence with their explanations. Teachers’ key learnings from a year of investigations are summarized. If your team would like to build on the idea of Claims-Evidence-Reasoning protocols, start here!