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Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC) & WOSU Partnership. Flipped Workshops. How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.

How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

If you click these and make a purchase from Amazon, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support. Professional Development: The phrase has a way of striking dread into the hearts of teachers. But not because teachers don’t WANT to improve. Not because we believe we’re done growing and learning. In fact, so many teachers bristle at the thought of PD because most of the time, it’s executed so poorly. But things are starting to change. And now, taking PD to an even simpler, more local, more affordable level, we have the Pineapple Chart. A Pineapple Chart is a system that allows teachers to invite one another into their classrooms for informal observation.

The chart represents one week of school. When a teacher sees something on the chart she is interested in, she goes to that classroom at the designated time, sits down in an out-of-the-way spot, and watches. Why Every Teacher Should Attend an Unconference. I first heard the term “Edcamp” about six months ago, and to me it sounded like the greatest thing to hit professional development since the Internet: Free, informal gatherings where the content is provided entirely by the participants themselves.

Why Every Teacher Should Attend an Unconference

Then about six weeks ago I got an email advertising TeachMeet Kentucky 2014, held Thursday, October 2 on the campus of Western Kentucky University (right around the corner from me). Video Archive. A New Lesson Plan Tool for Google Docs. OpenEd is a service that offers a huge catalog of standards-aligned lesson plans and other resources for teachers.

A New Lesson Plan Tool for Google Docs

Today, I received an email from OpenEd informing me of their new Google Docs Add-on called Lesson Plan Tool for Docs. With Lesson Plan Tool for Docs enabled you can search for standards-aligned lesson plan resources within your Google Documents. To perform a search simply open the add-on then select a standard from the drop-down menu that appears on the right-hand side of your document.

You can preview any of the resources that appear in the search by simply clicking on them and opening them in a new tab. When you find a resource that you like, you can click again to add it into your document. Diary of a First-Year Teacher. Our first-year teacher shares what she’s learned, what she’ll do differently next year, and what she wishes she’d known from the start.

Diary of a First-Year Teacher

Continue Reading. Diary of a First-Year Teacher: Looking Back. This is the final installment in a year-long series of written and video diary entries by Shelby Denhof, who is letting us follow her first year of teaching.

Diary of a First-Year Teacher: Looking Back

To see all entries, click here. I’m not the best with details. I’m more of a “big picture” kind of person. I struggle with names, remembering faces, and recalling important facts. Why Professional Development Should Be More Like 'MasterChef' 5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb. So many of us teach the way we were taught.

5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb

We may not even realize we’re doing it. Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers. Welcome to your first year of teaching.

Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers

This year will test you more intensely than just about anything you’ve done up to now. It will deplete all your energy, bring you to tears, and make you question every talent or skill you thought you had. But all these tests, if you approach them the right way, will leave you better and stronger than you are today. Advice is available everywhere you look, and some of it is very good. What skills do employers value most in graduates? #work #edchat #deeperlearning #edpolicy.

Dichotomous Rubrics - From LtoJ Consulting Group. 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future. Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us.

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Let’s take a look at the nebulous idea of the “classroom of the future.” This is all subjective, but it’s worth talking about. Edutopia. Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning, by John McCarthy (2015) McCarthy discusses key strategies to ensure student engagement including being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect.


Cult of Pedagogy. Edsurge. New ways of teaching. Learning Strategies. Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning. After reading an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, students form a circle to engage in conversation about liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

The inquiry circle begins with two questions posed by the teacher: What is more important, liberty or the pursuit of happiness? Are liberty and the pursuit of happiness inalienable rights? To begin, some students argue that liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only open to the people who follow rules within a society. Others argue that while they agree to the rule of law, the argument might have exceptions. This leads to a conversation about the nature of happiness. While the conversation was rich and rooted in deeper learning and understanding, the inquiry-based discussion did not end within the classroom.

Deeper student learning can evolve over time facilitated by an educator who is skilled in the art of thinking within a carefully crafted environment. 1. Photo Credit: Elizabeth A. 2. 3. Teaching tools. Brain breaks kids love - GoNoodle. Problem Based Learning.

Project Based Learning

Inquiry-Based Learning. QAR INFORMATIONAL PACKET. Q A R ACTIVITY PACKET(1) Clark County School District. The Main Idea. Learning Strategies.