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Qualities of Effective Teachers

Explains teacher characteristics and behaviors that make the difference in student success, spotlights qualities for new teachers, highlights preservice training, teacher hiring, and instilling teacher professional development programs.

The International Picture [electronic resource]

Provides an opportunity to investigate various aspects of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) other than the test scores themselves. William Schmidt presents differences in curricula, textbooks, and teaching practices around the world. A group of community members discuss how the TIMSS results reflect societal and cultural values.

Multiple Intelligences [electronic resource]: Other Styles of Learning

Historically, student progress has been gauged by success in subjects that tap the verbal/linguistic and logical/mathematical talents of students, inevitably leading to the disenfranchisement of learners weak in these areas. In this program, David Lazear, author of Seven Ways of Knowing and Seven Ways of Teaching and founder of New Dimensions of Learning, contends that educators must ensure the success of all students by teaching for the five nontraditional intelligences as well: visual/spatial, musical/rhythmic, body/kinesthetic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal.
2005; 1993

What's a Teacher for? [electronic resource]: Nurturing No-Nonsense Classroom

This program is based on a cross-disciplinary educator workshop in which Indiana University choir director James Mumford employed choral singing as a tool for participant self-discovery and education. As students, the participants came to grips with the fear of public performance as they experienced firsthand Mumford's empowering method of instruction, which involves creating a climate of trust, gently holding everyone to high standards, stimulating engagement through passion, and validating others' difficult past experiences without being constrained by them. Footage of the participants back in the classroom illustrates how the workshop's lessons translate to the real world.
2006; 2000

Productive Climate and Culture [electronic resource]

Student success in the classroom begins with a top-down commitment to a clearly stated mission emphasizing the importance of academic achievement. This program demonstrates how a school-wide mission statement-monitored to ensure that it is carried out and reinforced through public recognition of students and teachers who exemplify it-can promote an environment conducive to learning.
2005; 1993

Coaching Styles for School Sports [electronic resource]

A competent coach challenges and inspires athletes to achieve their personal best. This program analyzes the nuanced art of coaching by examining three popular coaching styles: authoritarian, distant yet approachable, and friendly; vital coaching skills in the areas of leadership, management, and communication; essential coaching qualities such as enthusiasm; the wide knowledge of athletics, sports psychology, sports medicine, and other disciplines that a coach must have in order to be effective; personal characteristics such as honesty, integrity, and high expectations for those on the team; and how coaching varies for athletes of different ages, skills, and abilities.
2006; 2003

Reading Improvement [electronic resource]

Reading rate and comprehension can mean the difference between success and failure to students. Three strategies for improving both are presented in this program. The first suggests reading during the day, for short periods in a quiet place, for maximum efficiency. One method demonstrates how to divide words into groups on a page as an effective way of improving reading rate. The SQ3R Strategy (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review), developed by a leading reading expert, is also examined as a strategy for improving reading comprehension.
2005; 1996

Optimizing Different Learning Styles [electronic resource]

This program provides a helpful guide to teachers for recognizing their students' primary styles of acquiring and working with information: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. To illustrate each style's impact on successful classroom learning, discussion focuses on the observation techniques used by visual learners; the hearing and repetition procedures practiced by auditory learners; and the hands-on approach preferred by kinesthetic learners. The program also identifies ways educators can plan and implement a variety of strategies that enable students to use the learning style that is best attuned to their needs.
2006; 2004

Strategic Learning [electronic resource]

This program outlines a concise three-step process for understanding and retaining information. The steps include exposure, review, and practice. Class attendance is stressed for maximum exposure to material. Valuable advice is provided on how to distill weekly lecture notes into a meaningful study guide. Methods for retrieving information learned include recitation and group study.
2005; 1995

Integrating Media Into the Classroom [electronic resource]: Theory and Research

To be able to integrate as many of the multiple intelligences as possible into a single codified approach is extremely powerful and beneficial, says media theoretician Lou Fournier Marzeles. In this video, he and other recognized experts review the history of educational media and then clearly state the case for media as a powerful-and highly effective-classroom tool. "By using a lot of images in the classroom, are we really going to raise our test scores?" asks Dr. Lynell Burmark, author of Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn. "The answer to that is unequivocally Yes." Program segments include "History and Context," "Supporting Research," "Delivery Modes and Methods," "What Media Can Do for My Students," and "The Future of Media in the Classroom.

Integrating Media Into the Classroom [electronic resource]: Practice and Case Studies

Welcome to the multimedia learning environment! In this video, middle school, high school, and college media specialists and instructors invite viewers into the classroom to see for themselves how colleagues are tapping into the power of media to improve teaching and enhance learning. Drawing on their direct experience, they offer practical advice, tips, and examples to show how to use media to support instructional strategies, develop ideas on teaching, and engage students. Program segments include "Why Use Media," "Choosing Media," "Preparing Media for the Classroom," "During and After," and "Case Studies"-footage of real educators who are really putting theory into practice.

Building Literacy Competencies in Early Childhood [electronic resource]

With the growing reliance on computer-based communication and the return of public interest in early schooling, much attention is being paid to the attainment of literacy. Filmed in several multicultural preschool and kindergarten classrooms, this program reviews underlying cognitive, social, and physical requirements for all formal education and then presents the literacy-specific understandings and skills that have been widely cited but not always adequately described. Growing Minds presents an integrated vision of how the precursors of literacy stem from appropriate experiences provided by thoughtful adults to the children in their care.

RTI and di [electronic resource]: The Dynamic Duo

Response to intervention and differentiated instruction are teaching methods aimed at helping all reach their full potential, especially when a classroom contains students of various backgrounds, cultures, and learning styles. This program presents educators with an overview of how to use RTI and DI together to practice high-quality instruction that is complemented by targeted interventions and ongoing student assessments. The video explains that RTI and DI both emphasize student engagement, collaboration, and assessment, and then focuses on the RTI team, classroom implementation, and addressing special populations such as learners with disabilities, gifted learners, or English-language learners.
2011; 2010

Winning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms [electronic resource]

Mainstreaming has become a widely used method for including special needs students in the educational process, but it sometimes leaves instructors feeling overwhelmed, under-qualified, and even resentful. Utilizing a sports metaphor including pre- and post-game analyses, this program takes viewers into elementary school classrooms to review strategies that empower teachers to more effectively manage their time, use their expertise, collaborate on content, and understand their roles and responsibilities. The video provides inclusive teams with specific examples of behaviors that can be used in the classroom so that all children benefit from quality instruction.
2011; 2009

The Power of RTI [electronic resource]: Classroom Management Strategies, K-6

Response to intervention, an effective method for helping struggling learners achieve academic success, can be a powerful management approach to challenging behaviors. In this program educational consultant Jim Wright explains how RTI can be used in the classroom to address defiant, non-compliant, hyperactive, impulsive, and inattentive behaviors. He also explains how tier 1 techniques can be implemented for positive behavioral expectations, for data collection to measure and monitor behavior, and to manage rules, routines, and schedules. In addition, Wright demonstrates targeted use of rewards and feedback.
2011; 2009

Assistive Technology [electronic resource]: Powerful Solutions for Success

Utilizing the principles of Universal Design for Learning, this program takes viewers into classrooms where low- to mid-tech AT solutions are helping students with disabilities to become confident, independent learners. The video covers auditory process supports (interactive white boards, Inspiration software, and FM Classroom Amplification systems); fine-motor and writing supports (AlphaSmart, MathPad Plus, UltraKey, Franklin Spellers, Ginger Software, and Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen); and reading supports (WYNN software, TestTalker, Kurzweil 3000, Bookshare, the WizCom Reading Pen, and materials from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).
2011; 2009

Performance Assessment [electronic resource]: A Teacher's Way of Knowing

Filmed in 1993, this program defines crucial elements of all assessments and visits three classrooms - a Head Start, a kindergarten, and a third grade - to show how the academic progress of young students can be evaluated without recourse to norm-referenced, standardized testing. Narrator Samuel Meisels makes his case for the documentation of achievement while also providing viewers with the vocabulary necessary to understand the field of assessment.

Lessons From the Real World [electronic resource]: Social Issues and Student Involvement

A follow up to Democracy Left Behind: NCLB and Civic Education (item 39484), this program looks at community-based learning in K-12 education. The film explores a wide variety of educational settings in which action-oriented lessons enable students to work outside the classroom, in their own communities. While taking nothing away from the importance of traditional academic subjects, the film promotes the idea that math, reading, and other areas are more effectively explored if students care about what they are learning-rather than being drilled with subject matter divorced from their real lives and the environments that often impact those lives.