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Instructional Coaching Tools. Last week I shared the instructional coaching data tracker I use to help organize and reflect on my work in coaching cycles throughout the year.

Instructional Coaching Tools

In the post I mentioned that I use a variety of other coaching tools to document and organize work with individual teachers. Here are a two of my most important. Coaching Kick-Off Meeting. Buzzing with Ms. B: 6 Must-Have Organizational Systems for Instructional Coaching. I'm not embarrassed to say that one of the main reasons teaching first perked my interest was the office supplies.

Buzzing with Ms. B: 6 Must-Have Organizational Systems for Instructional Coaching

I remember sitting in Ms. Tricoli's fourth grade classroom, reading the little note she wrote to me on a post-it: "Cute story! Keep writing! " The post-it was shaped like a smiley face. A smiley face, people! Awesome Visual Featuring The 7 Signs of Professional Learning. July11, 2014 Here is a useful visual from ASCD featuring 7 signs of professional learning.

Awesome Visual Featuring The 7 Signs of Professional Learning

These are aggregated quips from some authoritative figures in the field of education. This visual is also available for free download from this link. To be successful in professional development efforts we must plan backward, beginning with the student learning outcomes. ( Thomas R. Guskey,p. 10)Just as surgeons see observations and coaching as vital to improving their craft, so should teachers. ( Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman, and Dave Doty, p. 24)We have to remember that teachers are professionals who use their classrooms as innovative laboratories and want to engage in authentic learning.

Nice Visual on The Ins and Outs of Professional Development. November 2, 2014 It seems like the practice of professional development within schools has witnessed some radical changes throughout the years.

Nice Visual on The Ins and Outs of Professional Development

According to We Are Teachers, there are ten main areas that have been touched by this change. Starting with the choice of topics of PDs, in the past such topics were particularly chosen by the principal or school administrators on behalf of the teaching staff. However, today, teachers are more inclined to guide their own PD through concerted efforts in professional learning networks.

Awesome Visual on The Flipped Professional Development. November, 2014 Have you heard about a flipped PD?

Awesome Visual on The Flipped Professional Development

Well, I haven't till I came across this infographic on Pinterest. A flipped PD is inspired by the the concept of flipped classroom and uses the same philosophy: provide learners with work to do at home , then discussions and feedback in face-to face meeting.According to Bill and Candace, the creators of this visual, there are six main strategies to flip your professional developemt. These strategies are explained below: To learn more about the Flipped PD concept ,make sure you read these two articles included in the visual : 10 Things Teachers Professional Development should Never Include. Today, however, and as I was leafing through my Twitter feeds I came across this great read posted in remixteaching.

10 Things Teachers Professional Development should Never Include

This is basically a short 2 pages PDF created by Laura R. Thomas (lthomas@antioch.edu) who is actually the director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal in Keene, N.H. In this article, Laura provides 10 bad things your professional development plans should not include. Some Very Good Resources for Teachers Professional Development. December 8, 2015 Below are two great resources for teachers professional development.

Some Very Good Resources for Teachers Professional Development

Both of these platforms have been featured in separate posts in the past. Teachers can use them to access a wide variety of professional development resources including: tips on how to better integrate technology in your instruction, lesson plans ideas, webinars, training events and many more. 1- Microsoft Educator Community Microsoft Educator Community is a new platform from Microsoft created specifically to help teachers and educators collaborate with each other, grow professionally and make a better use of technology in their teaching.

Some of the things provided by Microsoft Educator Community include: Problem-based Learning Explained for Teachers + 6 Great Books to Read. Problem based learning ( PBL) is a teaching strategy that involves the minimum amount of direct and formal instruction characteristic of lecture based teaching.

Problem-based Learning Explained for Teachers + 6 Great Books to Read

In a PBL model, students are provided with complex problems to work on and during the process they get to learn the lesson content and theoretical knowledge underlying the problem. In other words, unlike traditional content-based teaching where the primacy is put on the delivery of content and the imparting of knowledge to students, PBL foregrounds problem-based activities as a way to stimulate students cognitive skills and engage them in hands-on learning. PBL is a student centred and process-oriented approach. It puts a premium on the process leading to understanding.

Its main objective is to prepare students for real world scenarios where they would have to deal with a variety of problems. Technology in the Classroom: Digital Media. What is "human performance?" The Engagement Effect: Human Performance Improvement. What is Human Performance Improvement?

The Engagement Effect: Human Performance Improvement

The Human Performance Improvement process is very similar to Human Performance Technology. HPI provides you with a systematic process to follow on what can often be a not-so-systematic path. In addition to identifying human performance gaps and their possible solutions, this standardized approach offers the ability to measure the success of your efforts and eliminate the guesswork that follows when a performance gap must be evaluated. HPI is results-based and systematic.

Rather than focusing on a ‘wants-based’ or ‘needs-based’ approach, HPI follows a ‘results-based’ approach to improving performance, distinguishing it from many HRD (human resource development) activities.