LINDEN, NJ - Teachers at Linden High School and McManus Middle School held professional development sessions recently that were designed for greater collaboration in implementing innovative classroom strategies.

The sessions are called Internal Instructional Rounds, which are modeled on medical rounds
where medical students learn through watching patient care in action. In the educational
version, one teacher models a lesson and others watch and offer feedback.

“The rounds are a meeting of the minds to determine if the approaches and techniques utilized
during instruction are having a positive result with our students,” said Reina Irizarry-Clark, a
district instructional coach. “Utilizing internal rounds as a form of professional development
allows for greater teacher collaboration, as teacher teams work together to design a lesson,
implement the lesson, and receive feedback from one another as they work together to debrief
the lesson and determine next steps.”

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At Linden High School, teacher Jorge Alvarez modeled a lesson in his psychology class on
March 6 using the Interactive Lecture technique, which engages students, helps build strong
permanent memories, and deepens comprehension. He teamed up with teacher Anthony
Fischetti to teach students about conformity in their everyday lives.

At McManus, social studies teacher Anthony Ventura modeled a lesson the same day using the
Reading for Meaning technique in which students are given a statement that they have to prove
or disprove by citing sources. Ventura’s statement was that boycotts are not a viable means for
change.

Students read and watched videos about several historic and recent boycotts, and had
to cite evidence to prove or disprove the statement.

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