This month's issue of the ASCD Educational Leadership focused on the theme Unleashing Problem Solvers. Each article showcases the incredible work people are doing in classrooms around the world and I'm finding this issue to be particularly inspiring so far. I really wanted to reflect on these ideas and come up with some concrete things … Continue reading 5 ways to Unleash Problem Solvers in your classroom (Part 1)
Many educators feel a heightened responsibility to provide time and space for students to talk about current events. How can we help students participate in intellectual conversations with civility? And how do we help students still feel empathy and empowerment to engage in the larger world? The suggestions listed below come from my own personal … Continue reading 5 Ways to Positively Impact How Students Discuss Current Events
At the beginning of the school year, there is a contagious feeling of optimism. It's a fresh set of 180+ days ahead of us where anything seems possible. We say, with best intentions, that this year we will become masters at that new curriculum, flawlessly use that new computer program with our students, or become … Continue reading 4 Ways to Accomplish your Goals this School Year
After seeing quite a lot of twitter chatter about controversies of grading systems, I became curious to get more insight. Knowing that Thomas Guskey is known for work related to this field, I decided to read his 2015 book: "On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting". The first line of the book's introduction is: "You … Continue reading Grading your grading system
Common professional development generally result in implementation of new strategies 15% of the time. However, if training is followed with on-going instructional coaching, implementation rates rise to as much as 85% (Cornett and Knight, 2009). We can all identify reasons why traditional "sit and get" PD doesn't result in long-term change. One common criticism is that … Continue reading The Four Phases of the GIR Coaching Model
Being in control of one's learning requires learning how to learn. This "thinking about thinking" is sometimes referred to as metacognition. Students who do this successfully tend to have a good grasp of what they know and don't know, and they can plan and regulate their actions accordingly. These students can also thoughtfully select from developed … Continue reading Do your students know how to learn?
While professional development is designed to improve teaching and learning, its ultimate goal is to result in improvement in student learning. However, not all types of professional development yields teacher change and very few can be linked to student outcomes. Whitworth and Chiu (2015) have six suggestions for effective professional development: Characteristics of Effective Professional … Continue reading Professional Development, Teacher Change, and the Missing Leadership Link