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A teacher’s guide to professional learning. In a recent meeting among Instructor magazine’s editors, we talked about the difference between the terms “professional development” and “professional learning.”

A teacher’s guide to professional learning

Becoming “professionally developed” seems so passive, as if it’s something that just happens to you organically over time. And after all, no one shows up to a conference and says, “I’m here, develop me!” But “professional learning” puts you in the driver’s seat—the teacher as an inquisitive learner. It says, “I’m a master at my trade, but I want to know more.” Interested in exploring the latest literacy trends? So in the spirit of self-directed growth, we devoted an entire section to professional learning in the latest issue of Instructor.

Five Career Paths: While many educators can’t imagine being anywhere other than in classroom, some want to pursue different career opportunities in the field. 7 Characteristics Of A Digitally Competent Teacher. To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap  For years now, educators have looked to international tests as a yardstick to measure how well U.S. students are learning 21st-century skills compared to their peers.

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap 

The answer has been: not so well. The U.S. has been falling further behind other nations and has struggled with a large achievement gap. Federal policy under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Department of Education's 'flexibility' waivers has sought to address this problem by beefing up testing policies -- requiring more tests and upping the consequences for poor results: including denying diplomas to students, firing teachers, and closing schools. Unfortunately, this strategy hasn't worked. In fact, U.S. performance on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) declined in every subject area between 2000 and 2012 -- the years in which these policies have been in effect.

Now we have international evidence about something that has a greater effect on learning than testing: Teaching. A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers. A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers by Laura Farmer Sitting at night, in front of my computer, I look at my image on Twitter.

A Balanced Approach To Social Media For Teachers

I skim through all my hundreds of tweets. Suddenly, I start to panic. What am I doing? Thoughts race through my mind, and suddenly, I type in the key words–social media and narcissism–in the Google search engine. Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Bright Spots in Professional Learning. Not so long ago, the only measure of the quality of a professional development session was whether the participants were smiling when they left the room—and not just because it was over.

Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Bright Spots in Professional Learning

In recent years, though, the standards for professional learning have been edging up. Because research is revealing what kind of professional learning most improves student achievement, schools are reimagining professional development. As a result, educators are trying new formats with encouraging results. Right Question Institute - A Catalyst for Microdemocracy. The elements of #blendedlearning implementation. The elements of #blendedlearning implementation.

The elements of #blendedlearning implementation

5 Communication Behaviors We All Must Adopt. I recently worked with an Indian executive based in the USA, an American executive based in Singapore, an Australian executive based in the UK, and a Chinese executive based in Shanghai.

5 Communication Behaviors We All Must Adopt

And they all complain about the same problems: “My people need to learn how to get to the point.” “We have too many meaningless meetings.” “I need more context.” Regardless of industry, native language, or country of operations, executives the world over have the same complaint – their people need to do a better job at communicating clearly and succinctly. So if you want to impress the people around you, improve the morale of the people around you, and positively add to your organizational culture, here are some behaviors to think about adopting: 1.

Walk into the room ready to go. 2. Avoid the “one size fits all” approach to communication. 10 Myths About Edcamp. Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week. Published Online: April 22, 2014 Published in Print: April 23, 2014, as Sowing Seeds of Change Commentary By Ellis Hurd & Gary Weilbacher One of our colleagues provided us with an article by David Ruenzel, called "Business as Usual," that appeared 20 years ago in Teacher Magazine (then a print periodical published by Education Week's parent company).

Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' - Education Week

Mr. On the basis of interviews and classroom observations, Mr. Ultimately, he concluded that schools of education may be irrelevant, as all they do is prepare future teachers to "adapt to prevailing practices" in the public schools. Recruitment and Retention Part 6: Enhance Teacher Career OptionsThe Educator. Technology Advances Professional Development for Teachers. Posted by Herff Jones | Nystrom on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment While classroom technology provides a range of benefits for students, teachers can equally benefit from its use.

Technology Advances Professional Development for Teachers

Online sites, such as Twitter and Pinterest, offer perfect platforms on which educators can virtually exchange ideas, lesson plans and stories. There are, however, other ways that teachers can use technology to help further their careers. Using these devices as tools for professional development can not only lead to higher achievement scores for students, but also increase the impact educators may have on the field of teaching as a whole. Whether they’re attending virtual seminars or learning about the best ways they can incorporate technology in the classroom, these devices are ideal for increasing teachers’ knowledge. When classroom observations make sense. Shared on flickr by Ralph Hockens People are incredibly sensitive to the environment and the culture—to the norms and expectations of the communities they are in.

When classroom observations make sense

~Chip and Dan Heath Full disclosure: I am no Instructional Rounds expert. Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders. Technology Advances Professional Development for Teachers. Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just released a report detailing the results of 3,100 teacher surveys and 1,250 student surveys on the kinds of digital instruction tools that are useful and effective.

Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students?

The foundation has asked teachers and students what they need when it comes to digital instruction, aiming to close the communication gap between commercial developers and schools. One of the biggest takeaways is that most teachers — 54 percent — don’t find many of the digital tools they use effective. That’s partly because teachers often aren’t making purchasing decisions. When they do have a say in tool selection they often report on its effectiveness more favorably. When asked about free products, teachers reported that free products are just as likely to be effective as the products the district purchased for them.

[Click on images below for higher resolution.] Click here for the full report [PDF]. Related. Teachers are Learning Designers. Late in 2012, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post that articulated what I really feel should be and is a role of great teachers. Great teachers are "learning designers" who seek to create a space where all students are empowered to learn. I was further inspired to rearticulate this idea when I saw this video from Sir Ken Robinson: PLC - Professional Learning Community. How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix. There are two components to the EdSurge PD framework: professional learning stages and tool classification. On the EdSurge site, each of the 28 tools listed here have been analyzed according to this framework.

You can read the analysis of each of these tools by searching the EdSurge site for the individual product page for each of those products. Stage One: Engage Teachers gain tremendous value from interacting with peers and colleagues--sharing challenges, successes, what works, and what doesn’t. Community support is a big part of the way teachers process and apply what they learn.

6 Possible Roles For Teachers In A Personalized Learning Environment. By Justin Marquis, Ph. D There is a mountain of speculation and debate about what school and learning will look like in the near future. Will education be online? The 4 Components of a DIY Professional Development Toolkit. Education has always been a reflection of broader cultural values. As such, the roles of teachers and students have evolved as our models of education have moved from one iteration to another. Teachers who once traveled to town to instruct a heterogeneous room full of passive learners on matters of rote memorization have come to adopt new roles and philosophies toward learning. As these new models have emerged, educators have been required to hone their skills and adapt to ever changing sets of priorities, needs and expectations.