For Administrators: What to Look For in an Engaging Classroom

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					                      What to Look For in a TCI Classroom
                                ~ Elementary ~

A TCI classroom is an environment where all students are engaged in learning.
Students actively participate in hands-on activities, and they are challenged to do the
work of historians as they gather and analyzing information. Listed below are some
things to look for when visiting History Alive! classrooms.

       Ratio of “Teacher Talk” to “Student Talk”
           o Teacher acts as facilitator, not lecturer.
           o Teacher employs spiral questions that lead students to discovery of
               information (Level 1: Gathering Evidence, Level 2: Interpreting Evidence,
               Level 3: Forming Hypotheses.)
           o Students are engaged in “on-task talk” (use of models such as Response
               Groups, Think, Pair, Share, and cooperative groups.)

       Cooperative Tolerant Classroom Environment
           o Mutual respect is apparent between students and teacher.
           o Students work effectively in groups of two and three and move quickly
              and easily into different group formation.
           o Teacher forms multiple-ability groups.

       Use of Interactive Student Notebooks
           o Students complete Preview Assignments, Reading Notes, and
               Processing Assignments.
           o Students bring Interactive Student Notebook to class and take pride in
               their notebook.
           o Teacher customizes notebook assignments to meet the needs of students
               (adding extra scaffolding/support or providing extension assignments.)

       Standards-Based Lessons Reflect Preview-Content-Process Model
           o Preview Assignments connect to prior knowledge are used to introduce
              lesson.
           o Content is delivered through Multiple Intelligence Teaching Strategies,
              Student Edition, and Interactive Student Notebook.
           o Processing Assignments allow students to apply what they have learned
              at the end of the lesson.

       Use of Multiple Intelligence Teaching Strategies
           o Teacher frequently uses visuals (Overhead Transparencies, Graphic
               Organizers, Placards)
           o Teacher uses Sounds of History Audio CD
           o Teacher incorporates hands-on activities to deliver content:
                    Experiential Exercises
                    Visual Discovery
                    Response Groups
                    Problem Solving Groupwork
                    Social Studies Skill Builder
                    Writing for Understanding



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                      What to Look For in a TCI Classroom
                                ~ Secondary ~

A TCI classroom is an environment where all students are engaged in learning. Students
actively participate in hands-on activities, and they are challenged to do the work of
historians as they gather and analyzing information. Listed below are some things to
look for when visiting a TCI classroom.

       Ratio of “Teacher Talk” to “Student Talk”
           o Teacher acts as facilitator, not lecturer.
           o Teacher employs spiral questions that lead students to discovery of
               information (Level 1: Gathering Evidence, Level 2: Interpreting Evidence,
               Level 3: Forming Hypotheses.)
           o Students are engaged in “on-task talk” (use of models such as Response
               Groups, Think, Pair, Share, and cooperative groups.)

       Cooperative Tolerant Classroom Environment
           o Mutual respect is apparent between students and teacher.
           o Students work effectively in groups of two and three and move quickly
              and easily into different group formation.
           o Teacher forms multiple-ability groups.

       Use of Interactive Student Notebooks
           o Students complete Preview Assignments, Reading Notes, and
               Processing Assignments.
           o Students bring Interactive Student Notebook to class and take pride in
               their notebook.
           o Teacher customizes notebook assignments to meet the needs of students
               (adding extra scaffolding/support or providing extension assignments.)

       Standards-Based Lessons Reflect Preview-Content-Process Model
           o Preview Assignments connect to prior knowledge are used to introduce
              lesson.
           o Content is delivered through Multiple Intelligence Teaching Strategies,
              Student Edition, and Interactive Student Notebook.
           o Processing Assignments allow students to apply what they have learned
              at the end of the lesson.

       Use of Multiple Intelligence Teaching Strategies
           o Teacher frequently uses visuals (Overhead Transparencies, Graphic
               Organizers, Placards)
           o Teacher uses Sounds of History Audio CD
           o Teacher incorporates hands-on activities to deliver content:
                    Experiential Exercises
                    Visual Discovery
                    Response Groups
                    Problem Solving Groupwork
                    Social Studies Skill Builder
                    Writing for Understanding



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Description: Nancy Bredin of TCI has put together a list of things both elementary and secondary administrators can use as they look for student engagement in classrooms. Administrators can use this checklist to catch teachers in the act of deep teaching. Learn more about TCI and how we engage students at www.teachtci.com. Follow us on Twitter @TeachTCI.