Today, I was able to observe Delisa Beresford working with 8th grade students @ C.S. Porter Middle School in Mrs. Vesledahl's ELA classroom. She taught an excellent lesson on identifying themes. She used relevant material that the students were familiar with and could relate to in their own lives. She developed short, concise parts to the lesson that were engaging through Think-Pair-Share, Conversation Cafe, short stories, movement, discussion, and student choice. She used different stories to provide a lot of practice working with using quotes to support a theme, questions to ask when finding themes, describing a theme in a story, and explaining what a theme means in their own words. She was constantly checking in with students, assessing their understanding and altering her instruction based off of the needs of her students. She used positive and supportive language to assist her students with the complexities of the concepts. The learning environment was safe, welcoming, and trusting - where students demonstrated a willingness to participate and take risks.
A special thanks to Mrs. Vesledahl for the work you do with our teacher candidates and opening up your classroom! We couldn't do the work we do without teachers like you!
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