Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM-TN)

Cortney Crews and Jordan Sims are both distinguished educators within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Cortney is a Literacy Specialist for the Schools of Innovation and teaches at Jere Baxter Middle School and Jordan is an Instructional Specialist in secondary education and teaches at Hunters Lane High School. In this lesson, they give practical classroom advise on inspiring your class early in the school year to be excited about reading and writing and how to incorporate state standards in your lessons.

Learning Targets
- Define differentiated instruction and assessment
- Explain why to differentiate instruction
- Describe at least three strategies for differentiation
- Explain how to differentiate in my content area

Learning Targets:
- Name the five stages of language development.
- List 1-2 characteristics for each stage.
- List 1-2 strategies to assist ELLs in each stage of language acquisition.
- Match characteristics of each stage of language development with their proper stage name.
- Create a lesson that meets the needs of an English Language Learner in a specific stage of language development.

TEAM Evaluations: What We've Learned So Far

Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

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