5 Ways to Positively Impact How Students Discuss Current Events

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

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4 Ways to Accomplish your Goals this School Year

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

The Four Phases of the GIR Coaching Model

  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

Do your students know how to learn?

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?

Professional Development, Teacher Change, and the Missing Leadership Link

  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

Teachers as Learners

Professional development can have potential for effective change. Unfortunately, too often the focus of professional development becomes more for credit counting rather than actual learning. Beavers(2009) explains that teachers are often disappointed with the format of the professional development due to poor teaching styles from the presenters and also that the learning subjects seem disconnected from their … Continue reading Teachers as Learners