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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

John Sinnett's Kindergarten Class

First Impressions


Writer's Journal

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 to note how Mr. Sinnett implements some of the Literacy Teaching Practices. In particular, note the ways he fosters writing skills in his 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 John Sinnett'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 left. Note how Mr. Sinnett's classroom environment supports literacy instruction. In particular, think about the tone and atmosphere in the classroom. How does Mr. Sinnett model respectful and caring conduct in his relationships with students? How does he foster the three R's emphasized by the Collins School -- respect, responsibility, and relationships? What do you think about the three R's? How could you incorporate these into your own classroom?

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