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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

Valerie Kostandos's First-Grade Class

First Impressions


Promoting Readers As Leaders

Video Summary

The Teacher and the Class

Analyzing the Video
  Before Viewing
  First Impressions
  Looking Closer
  Summing Up

Making Connections

Selected Resources


Watch the Video

On your first viewing, use the Observational Checklist (PDF) to note Ms. Kostandos's implementation of the Literacy Teaching Practices. Note, in particular, how she teaches explicitly by making the purpose of classroom activities clear, and how she adapts some of the Literacy Teaching Practices to differentiate instruction. Also look for how her classroom environment, including her management techniques, promotes independence in students.


Review What You Saw

As you reflect on these questions, write down your responses or discuss them as a group.

After watching the video, review the Observational Checklist and reflect on what you saw. How do the practices you just watched compare to your own? Think about your classroom and the needs of your students. How are they different from or similar to what you saw in the video?


Relate the Key Question to Valerie Kostandos's Classroom

How does the classroom environment encourage students to gain independence as readers and writers?

Elements of Classroom Environment


Physical Space


Materials and Tools


Techniques and Management


Tone and Atmosphere

Review the elements of a classroom environment listed on the right. What did you notice or record about how Ms. Kostandos's management and instructional techniques help students see themselves as contributing members of the class? As readers and writers who know what they can do and when they need help? How are students encouraged to take responsibility, work together, and model for each other?

Next > Looking Closer

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