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. Work in Progress Journalism teacher Starr Sackstein discusses how to guide students into taking charge of their learning and their writing. - Teaching Profession+ Teaching Profession (8) The Art of Coaching Teachers Elena Aguilar offers resources, tips, and suggestions for school instructional coaches and teacher mentors. Learning Forward's PD Watch Teacher Beat Teacher in a Strange Land
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The Adventures of Library GirlScienceFix - Science FixCan Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers? | MindShift | KQED NewsLearning 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. In order to help teachers learn and and become proficient in relevant skills, a nascent movement of nonprofits, states, districts and educators are exploring what a competency-based professional learning system could look like using micro-credentials. Micro-credentials have the benefit of being rooted in classroom practice. “The ability to try it right away in my classroom and to get feedback from my colleagues and the person running the micro-credential was really important,” said Brian Adamczyk, a health and physical education teacher at Kettle Moraine High School in Wisconsin. “It has created the most impact of any initiative I’ve ever had in education,” Superintendent Deklotz said.
The Banned Books We LoveEvery year during Banned Books Week, libraries around the country take the opportunity to acknowledge that censorship is still a problem in the United States. From the American Library Association: By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.... While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. What better way to celebrate that hard-won freedom than to read a few banned and challenged books? Children & Young Adults And Tango Makes Three—the sweet story of two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo who raise a chick together—has been banned in libraries and schools across the country. Adults
Teaching MethodsThe term Teaching method refers to the general principles, pedagogy and management strategies used for classroom instruction. Your choice of teaching method depends on what fits you — your educational philosophy, classroom demographic, subject area(s) and school mission statement. Teaching theories primarily fall into two categories or “approaches” — teacher-centered and student-centered: Teacher-Centered Approach to Learning Teachers are the main authority figure in this model. Student-Centered Approach to Learning While teachers are an authority figure in this model, teachers and students play an equally active role in the learning process. To better understand these approaches, it is important to discuss what is generally understood as the three main teaching styles in educational pedagogy: direct instruction, inquiry-based learning and cooperative learning. Direct Instruction Inquiry-based Learning Cooperative Learning
Why Good Professional Development Is Crucially Linked to an Educator’s AttitudeMany 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. But good PD is so much deeper than that, and it depends on the individual. The Role of Confidence and Desire to Better Oneself Professional development is linked to a positive attitude, because a positive attitude allows people to gain confidence and developed towards becoming a more qualified professional. The field of education is no exception. In addition to confidence, it is vital that the teacher is motivated and is passionate about his or her profession. When You Better Yourself, Students Mimic That Behavior When a teacher shows students a sense of confidence, this generates a sense of comfort and security in the students themselves. The task of the teacher, then, is not merely to teach a class. Glenda I.
8 Modern YA Novels to Pair With Classroom ClassicsThe school year is winding down, which means that teens (young people of any age, really) can finally give the classics a rest and dive instead into the young adult novels that really reflect what it’s like to grow up today. Not so fast, though: Lots of YA books, for all their fantastical plot elements and contemporary detail (in at least one of these novels, witches and iPods are never far apart), address some of the same themes the classics do, including race, female sexuality, mental illness, and obviously enough, love. In honor of the classics, YA, and the joy of reading of both together, we’ve rounded up eight of the most-taught books in America and paired them with contemporary reads that tread the same, timeless territory. Classic: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare YA Equivalent: The Fault in Our Stars Classic: Macbeth by William Shakespeare YA Equivalent: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Classic: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Interactive Learning Sites for Education - HomeTeacher professional learning pedagogy needs to change tooTeacher 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. 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. We have to keep pace.
HarperCollins Children's BooksCut, color, fold and learn with printable activities to try at home.teachers.orgHow to Cultivate Teacher Agency and Buy In When Going 1:1Last 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.