Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers? Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts.
When learners can make mistakes, reflect on new strategies, get feedback, and try again they gain a deeper understanding of the topic. But these elements are rarely applied to professional development. School districts spend a lot of money on trainings for educators, but the returns on that investment are not always clear. Many teachers say that even when the professional development is interesting — not always a given — they often feel like it’s one more thing to do in an already jampacked academic schedule. While educators around the country are slowly adopting various approaches that allow them to better differentiate learning for students, the same is rarely true for the adult learners in the system.
Micro-credentials have the benefit of being rooted in classroom practice. “It has created the most impact of any initiative I’ve ever had in education,” Superintendent Deklotz said. Teacher Blogs. February 21, 2017 - In the Classroom+ In the Classroom (7) Curriculum Matters Writers Liana Loewus and Jaclyn Zubrzycki explore teaching and learning across the subject areas.
Prove It: Math and Education Policy High School math teacher John Troutman McCrann writes about his quest to integrate inquiry- and performance-based learning into his instruction, and how these concepts might inform education policy. Teaching for the Whole Story New York City language arts teacher Ariel Sacks shares stories, reflections, and practices for cultivating a student-centered, literature-based classroom in today's education climate. Bring Summercore to your School. Why Good Professional Development Is Crucially Linked to an Educator’s Attitude. Many people think they know exactly what “professional development” is. But do they, really?
Let's start by giving “professional development” a definition. PD is a process that responds to a phase of personal growth and self-realization experienced by each individual. Professional development allows the person to establish an itinerary of evolution, taking into account the person’s work experience, acquired knowledge and vocation. But good PD is so much deeper than that, and it depends on the individual.
LMS Tiger Teacher Training. Edsurge. Develop a growth mindset to turn tech frustrations into tech opportunities. Teacher professional learning pedagogy needs to change too. Teacher professional learning pedagogy needs to change too For too long now education conferences and professional learning events have prolonged a traditional “sage on the stage” approach.
It is lazy and it needs to change. Back in Nottingham, when I was starting out as a teacher, I remember some of the first professional development events I attended. However these memories are bereft of fondness, just uncomfortable ones. Even then, with barely four years of teacher training, I squirmed at the 96th slide of 157 being shown (read out). TeachMeet was a breath of fresh air. There is some incredible work going on around the world in schools and other learning organisations. On one hand we espouse the virtues of student centred, active, critical thinking led learning and yet we don’t demand it when it is our turn. The larger more formal events are playing catchup to what is happening in the classrooms. 2015-04-28 - Google Sites for Schools - Part 1. How to Cultivate Teacher Agency and Buy In When Going 1:1.
Last year, Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) in Mississippi embarked on its 1:1 digital journey, dubbed the “Individualized Interactive Instructional Technology Initiative.”
The goal was to provide individualized, personalized, and more interactive instruction. This year, I am leading and managing the initiative at Hattiesburg High School. And while I won’t profess to know all of the answers when going 1:1, I’ve amassed several tips that have helped us to create a culture of learning at our high school while giving teachers agency over technology practices. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too. 1. No teacher should ever feel like they are forced to use technology against their will. Communicating with teachers about the district’s or school’s vision for going 1:1 is critical in earning teacher buy-in. In our experience, the best communication with teachers centers on allowing them the time and space to voice their opinions in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. 2. 3.
Last year, Ms. How Technology Is Changing the Way People Learn. Stack Learning. Towards a Critical Approach to Faculty Development. We are two critical pedagogues who are also faculty developers, trying to create space for conversations interrogating dominant approaches to faculty development.
Faculty developers support the growth and continuing development and evolution of faculty in their roles as educators. But, what we (Maha and Lee) are addressing in this column installment is the nature of how faculty development is delivered, if “delivery” is even the right term at all. Can we encourage critical pedagogy within the current system(s) of faculty development within the institutional structure as it often exists? What are the underlying values behind how faculty development is often approached? Critiques of the Current State of Faculty Development Faculty development positions (expert) teachers as learners, a situation that can be uncomfortable, threatening, or exciting, depending on the teacher’s perspective and the institutional context.
9 Things Every Teacher Should Do Over Summer Break. Summer break is not just for teacher vacations.
Sure, you need to unwind and recharge your batteries, but working to hone your craft is also good medicine for making the next school year your best one yet. These 9 tips will make every teacher better this summer break and will help your students be better next school year. 1- Read these three books. While there are many amazing books that will inspire you, these three are certain to help you reinvent yourself as an educator. Drive, by Daniel Pink. 2 – Reflect. 3 – Join a social network for teachers. #Edchat on Twitter. 9 free ways to grow as an educator this summer. Summer’s a great time to pursue your passions and improve as an educator.
Here are nine ways you can learn and connect with others. (Flickr / PhotoAteller) Ah, summer … that time when all teachers leave school work and school thoughts behind for months to lounge by the pool. Right? Well, in more than a decade of teaching, it’s never been that way for me! My few summer months are MY time. 11 Amazing Sources for Online Professional Development for Teachers.