Teacher Move: Strategic Eavesdropping

This is my first attempt at "vlogging." It's blogging but with video! This is pushing me out of my comfort zone a bit because, as most people, I hate seeing myself on video or hearing myself talk!! And look how my face is frozen in a weird way on the video below. Ugh! But I think this is a powerful way to reflect on my practice and share ideas I've done in the classroom, so I'm giving it a try.

I hope you find this idea helpful. I call it "strategic eavesdropping." It is a teacher move that you do in the classroom as students are working or discussing. You do this to find students work/thinking to share to the group and facilitate class discussions. It is probably something that you are doing already! What makes this a little different than just walking around and listening to kids talk is the strategic part. You are going to use what you overhear to plan, in the moment, for how to reveal student thinking to the group. Give this video a watch and let me know what you think!


  1. Annie! This is awesome! The way you describe it reminds me of conferring with readers - where you listen in on them reading, think about something their doing well, and then on the spot figure out something to teach them to move them forward. I love you vlog! You've inspired me! :-) (Maybe I'll work on one for SOL!)

  2. Oh, except one thing I don't know how to do- how did you do that handwriting at the beginning when you put the title? That was so cool!


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