Professional Learning for the Tennessee State Standards


This collection contains exemplary teaching practices for introducing and assessing the Tennessee State Standards in both English Language Arts and Math, produced by Tennesse public television stations and funded by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Resources include self-paced lessons and videos modeling teaching best practices for K-5 English Language Arts, Text Complexity (K-12), and Academic Vocabulary (K-12), along with detailed documentation and assessment techniques. In the math sections, you'll find interactives modeling teaching best practices for Math Standards from the elementary grades through high school, as well as in-depth explanations of Math Standards, Progressions, and Practices.

  • Fluency: Grades K-1

    This professional development module for K-1 teachers is based on common core standards for fluency and models best practices that engage young learners. It reviews the skills of identifying letter names and letter sounds with ease.  It identifies and models the steps in development of oral reading fluency: sounds, letters, words, phrases, sentences, text reading, and comprehension.  For younger children, fluency means automatic letter recognition, quick access to sounds represented by printed letters, quick recall of beginning sight words, and quick recall of a growing number of decodable words. 

    Grades: 13+
  • Fluency: Grades 2-3

    This professional development module on reading fluency for grades 2-3 explores best practices for engaging young learners. The content of this module correlates to common core standards for ELA. Teachers model strategies helping students increase their ability to read fluently through multiple readings of the same material with feedback from the teacher.   Teachers monitor students' reading with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.  Students should read orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

    Grades: 13+
  • Informational Text: Grades 2-3

    This module helps teachers work with students to deepen their knowledge of skills for reading informational text in grades 2-3. It enables students to read for meaning and experience success in understanding the world around them. Students will use text features to help in locating information within a book to aid in their understanding of material read and find main ideas. Students will use text features to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

    Grades: K-3,13+
  • Phonics and Word Recognition: Grades K-1 Introductory Video

    Teachers will deepen their knowledge of phonics and word recognition skills, which are essential to reading success. Teachers will explore best practices for engaging young learners and monitoring your students' progress. Students will know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Phonics instruction should follow explicit, systematic instruction in phonemic awareness. Phonics instruction should be explicit, systematic and multisensory, and should involve students orally throughout the lesson.

    Grades: 13+
  • Phonological Awareness: Phoneme Awareness (K-1)

    This module deepens knowledge of phoneme awareness, which focuses students on the smallest units of speech within the English language. Students demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). Students are involved orally, aurally, and through the use of manipulatives. Integration of phonics instruction is one part of a comprehensive reading program. This module explores best practices for engaging young learners and monitoring their progress. 

    Grades: 13+
  • Phonological Awareness: Rhyme and Alliteration (K-1)

    This professional development module "Phonological Awareness:Rhyme and Alliteration K-1" is a part of Nashville Public Television's K-3 Reading: Road to Common Core Collection.  It is correlated to the common core ELA standards and focuses on phonological awareness, a broad skill that includes identifying and manipulating units of oral language. The module contains succinct videos modeling classroom strategies for grades K and 1.  Topics include rhyme, alliteration, and onset and rime.   The teaching tools include printable sample assessment activities, sample lesson plans, along with a comprehensive glossary. It conveys that it is vital that children speak (oral) as well as hear (aural) to build a foundation for being a successful reader.

    Grades: 13+
  • Phonological Awareness: Segmentation (K-1)

    This K-1 professional development module explores best practices for engaging learners in sentence and word segmentation, based on common core standards. Students will demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds.  Teachers will demonstrate usage of different manipulatives for assessing phonemes, syllables, and words.  Teachers involve students both orally and aurally.    

    Grades: 13+
  • Print Concepts: Grades K-1

    This professional development module for grades K-1 explores best practices for teaching print concepts based on common core standards.  The teachers model with  students how to learn the parts of a book, including front cover, back cover, and title page. Teachers demonstrate how students learn to identify individual words, sentences and punctuation within a book.  Teachers have students demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print, including recognizing and naming all upper-and-lower case letters of the alphabet.  

    Grades: 13+
  • Speaking and Listening: Grade 2

    Teachers can deepen knowledge of speaking and listening skills, including comprehension and collaboration, and the presentation of knowledge and ideas. Teachers model best practices for engaging young learners and monitoring student progress. Students follow agreed-upon rules and are assessed on eye contact, voice, organization and use of effective use of visual aids.

    Grades: 1-3,13+
  • Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration

    This professional development module will explore student comprehension when speaking and listening, based on Common Core standards. Teachers model best practices for participation in collaborative conversation about grade level topics. Teachers will help students grasp what it looks like when rules for speaking and listening are not followed. Teachers will promote students' confidence in speaking through prompting and words of encouragement. Students will build on each other's talk in conversation by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.    

    Grades: 13+
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking - 3.OA.A.1 | Tennessee Department of Education

    Operations and algebraic thinking: represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division. Interpret products of whole numbers. For example, interpret 5 x 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each.

    Grades: 3-5,13+
  • Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide - 3.OA.B.5 | Tennessee Department of Education

    This module discusses the associative property of multiplication. 3.OA.B.5: Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. Examples include the commutative property of multiplication, associative property of multiplication, and the distributive property of multiplication.

    Grades: 3-5,13+
  • Number and Operations - Fractions - 4.NF.B.3b | Tennessee Department of Education

    Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers. Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b. Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

    Grades: 3-5,13+
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking - 3.OA.B.5 | Tennessee Department of Education

    Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division. In this module, we will discuss 3.OA.B.5, applying properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. In this session the distributive property of multiplication will be modeled and discussed. What does the distributive property mean within a situational context? How is the distributive property of multiplication represented by a visual model?

    Grades: 3-5,13+
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking - 3.OA.A.2 | Tennessee Department of Education

    Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers. For example, interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each.

    Grades: 3-5,13+
  • Whole Numbers and Unit Fractions: 5.NF.B.7 | Tennessee Department of Education

    Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions. Interpret the division of a unit fraction by a non-zero whole number, and compute such quotients. Interpret division of a whole number by a unit fraction, and compute such quotients.

    Grades: 5-7,13+
  • Functions - Grade 8 - 8.F.A.1 | Tennessee Department of Education

    Help students understand that a function is a rule that assigns exactly one output to each input. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output. This interactive outlines Common Core State Standard 8.F.A.1.

    Grades: 7-9,13+

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