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20+ helpful professional development resources for teachers As a teacher, we encourage our students to never stop learning. But what about us? Do we try to learn new things or do we stick to the same teaching patterns every day, month, year? In this blog post, I’ll show you some handy website for teachers to develop their teaching skills. Professional development is necessary in every job.

The Good Project All of us encounter challenges in our lives. Sometimes these challenges are quickly or easily resolved. Other times, it is not clear what to do, and there is no right or wrong solution. This is a dilemma. Benchmarks for Core Skills Benchmarks for Core Skills – First Draft Table of Contents A. CommunicationB. Professional Development Isn’t Just for Teachers When it comes to professional development, most of us think about the tools and techniques needed to train teachers. However, professional development for administrators is just as important, if not more so. Instead of learning about the ins and outs of teaching roles, administrators would benefit from professional development focused on changing human behaviors and transforming organizational culture. A principal’s ability to lead change is critical.

Thinking: Shaken Not Stirred prov·o·ca·tion (pr v -k sh n) n. 1. Resilience: The Other 21st Century Skills Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to individually discuss each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on resiliency. The first post focused on Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills. Some would categorize Grit and Resiliency as the same skill, but it is my belief they are involve two different, but interconnected, skill sets. While grit focuses on persistence, resilience is about bouncing back in the face of challenges and/or failure.

Personalizing for Teacher Needs The idea of personalization in education abounds in so many ways. We want to know and understand our students as individuals, as well as personalize their instruction according to the nuances of their learning. This makes sense because, after all, educators are individuals, too, and just like our students, our unique attributes are gifts. However, what educators may want at certain stages in their careers may not be as evident. In my work as an instructional coach, I've discussed this topic many times with teachers, and their desires vary based on how long they've spent in education. Land Artist Creates Ephemeral Stone Art on the Shores of the U.K. Land artist Jon Foreman finds comfort in arranging stones in eye-pleasing formations on the beach. His practice, which he calls Sculpt the World, showcases rocks fashioned into swirling patterns as well as giant circles containing an array of rainbow-esque hues. “This process is therapy to me,” Foreman tells My Modern Met. “The simple act of placing stone upon stone in the sand is very therapeutic. I'm sure we all enjoy a walk on the beach but this process I find to be more immersive; being there in nature, losing myself in the work, having left behind all the stresses of day to day life.” Foreman lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which is home to a generous coastline.

Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to discuss individually each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on Grit: Here is Angela Duckwoth’s TED Talk about Grit that provides an overview about the topic. Angela Duckworth developed a scale to measure Grit found at Some of characteristics or dispositions of Grit include: Perseverance and TenacityDeliberate PracticeAbility to Delay GratificationPassion-Driven FocusSelf Control and Self DisciplineLong Term Goal-OrientedStick-to-it-ness Under Difficult ConditionsConsistency of Effort

How To Plan Outstanding Tech Training For Your Teachers Listen to this post as a podcast: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:27 — 25.7MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | The power of a provocation… – What Ed Said Whether it ignites an inquiry or shifts the gears of learning, if it’s fuelled by careful consideration and clear intentions, a ‘provocation‘ can drive powerful learning. Considering the ‘power of provocations’ with our Lana Fleiszig recently, teachers explored the purpose of provocations, what could be used as provocation and the teacher’s role in the provocation process. The most important question, though, is what might the provocation reveal about our learners, their thinking and learning and where to next?

Skills & Competencies CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are: Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.

My First Micro-credential Posted by Nancy Barile on Saturday, 03/19/2016 Last year I was asked me to teach a graduate level course called “Documenting and Assessing Student Learning” at the college where I work (in addition to being a high school ELA teacher). I began pouring over information on the subject, and, immediately, Harvard University’s Data Wise Project emerged as the leading method and authority in using data inquiry in a collaborative way to drive continuous improvement of teaching and student learning. I immediately ordered The Revised and Expanded Edition of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2013), which shows how systematic and thoughtful examination of a wide range of data can be a catalyst for important schoolwide dialogue, which can lead to powerful change. The Data Wise Improvement Process is an 8-Step process, which asks educators to prepare, inquire, and act.

Thinking: Shaken Not Stirred prov·o·ca·tion (pr v -k sh n) n.