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All Classroom Examples

Thirty classroom examples embed research-based practices within the teaching and learning process. The examples are grouped by grade levels and divided into Primary (K-2), Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12). Find examples at your grade level, adapt them to your teaching situation and materials, or use the examples as a point of departure for planning your own lessons.


Advancing Learning

Using graphic advance organizers scaffold students' sense of community.

Magnifying Learning

Young English language learners talk about the world using hand lenses.

Owning Goals

Creating personal learning goals supports literacy.

Thinking Allowed

Math students explain problem-solving out loud as they talk through their thinking.

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Firsthand History

Fifth-graders revisit the world of Lewis and Clark using global positioning systems.

Guiding Cooperation

Teacher turns to technology to guide cooperative learning in a blended fourth-fifth science class.

Imagining Change

Images help set the stage for understanding abstract concepts.

Practicing Patterns

Interactive Web tools support math learning, providing fourth-graders skill practice that matters.

Projecting Success

Digital cameras increase student self-concept as high achievers.

Summarizing Software

Using a word processing feature teaches efficient summarizing skills to fifth-graders.

Tribal Technology

Integrating math, science, and tribal culture, fifth-graders use technology to document their learning.

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Middle School

Choreographing Math

Building understanding in an arts-infused middle school class.

Collaborative Writing

Middle school students polish skills for writing, reflection, and collaboration.

Documenting Goals

Middle school science students commit to goals through learning contracts.

Engaging Readers

Improving reading skills in middle school using a popular Web site prompts effective feedback.

Homework Policies

Clarifying parents' role in homework improves school-family relationships.

Learning Categories

Sixth-graders reflect on and categorize traits of successful learners.

Organizing Resources

Online tools help teaching teams plan thematic projects across distance.

Questioning Experts

Planning for videoconferencing with scientists, middle school students learn to ask good questions.

Stimulating Predictions

High school students correct misperception by making predictions, testing, and observing results.

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High School

Blogging Feedback

Using blogs to improve writing in a high school English class.

Charting the News

High school students use Web-based news services to view, explore, and chart current events.

Exhibiting Effort

Students exhibit learning at a high school science fair for the community.

Investigating Hypotheses

Applying the scientific method high school students use technology to help frame science investigations.

Mapping Understanding

Mapping software helps students visualize and analyze statistics around community issues.

Messaging Shakespeare

Summarizing complex texts using cell phones increases understanding.

Recording Romeo

Music recording software allows students to 'podcast' their study of Shakespeare.

Revolutionizing Chat

Using Internet relay chat to focus practice while studying the French Revolution.

Tsunami Science

A natural disaster provides a rare opportunity for modeling global systems.

Worth Noting

Online note taking with primary sources improves research skills in high school students.

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