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A List of Great Checklists Every Teacher should Have

A List of Great Checklists Every Teacher should Have
Checklists are tools that we the teachers and educators use probably on everyday basis.Obviously, they have several advantages as shown below and I personally love them. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been publishing some great checklists over the last couple of years. We have decided to go through all of them and come up with the list below. Some advantages of Checklists ? As we said before, checklists have several pluses and here are some of them : Checklists provide you with a roadmap of the trajectory your work, plans..etc will takeThey organize what should be accomplished so that nothing is left behindThey give a sense of priority to the things that need to be done firstThey also help you attain your objectives and plan for next ones Here are some important checklists you need to have . 1- Teaching with Technology A Basic Checklist Download it HERE 2- Classroom Teacher Checklist Download it HERE 3- Classroom Management Checklist Download it HERE

School Choice: The Good, the Bad, and the Untested | Education on GOOD Schools, like politics, are a seriously local issue today. At first glance, school choice initiatives in communities around the country—which determine how children choose and are assigned to schools—seem like part of a monolithic national movement called school choice. On closer inspection, however, they display tremendous diversity, for good and for bad. This was not always so: Neighborhood schooling was once the American norm for assigning children to elementary schools. It was seen as the modern, progressive way to provide universal, free, accessible, efficient and equal schooling to all children. By the second half of the 20th century, however, the idea of universal provision of infrastructure—including schools, electricity and telephone wires—was under attack by many as inefficient, unequal and constraining. As a result, there's no single school choice paradigm. The entire genre, by the way, is untested. But we are learning a few things. Illustration by Fatim Hana

10 Of The Best TEDTalks On Improving Education There have been some rumblings that TED Talks may have jumped the shark–a topic our own Nathan Jurgenson took on recently. Either way, there have been some worthwhile talks given on ideas for changing education, and the folks over at TED have done us all a solid by piling 10 of them together in a single post, starting with the ubiquitous Ken Robinson “Bring on the Learning Revolution,” then including Emily Pilloton’s ideas on design in learning, Dan Meyer’s ideas on a potential math makeover, and Diana Laufenberg on the importance of mistakes.. You may have caught most of them, but if you haven’t here’s your chance. If you’re not sure where to start, give Laufenberg’s thoughts on failure a listen. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 10 Of The Best TEDTalks On Improving Education

NC Teacher: “I Quit” Kris L. Nielsen Monroe, NC 28110 Union County Public Schools Human Resources Department 400 North Church Street Monroe, NC 28112 October 25, 2012 To All it May Concern: I’m doing something I thought I would never do—something that will make me a statistic and a caricature of the times. Before I go too much into my choice, I must say that I have the advantages and disadvantages of differentiated experience under my belt. In New Mexico, I led a team of underpaid teachers who were passionate about their jobs and who did amazing things. Then, the bottom fell out. The Internet told me that the West Coast was not hiring teachers anymore, but the East Coast was the go-to place. I had come from two very successful and fun teaching jobs to a new state where everything was different. Union County seemed to be the answer to all of my problems. Let me cut to the chase: I quit. Why? Because… I refuse to be an unpaid administrator of field tests that take advantage of children for the sake of profit. Dr.

What Great Teachers do Differently Todd Whitaker is a great educational thinker and an experienced Educator. He has written several books, and his thoughts seem to resonate with Educators from all levels in all positions. Here are my book club notes from his book, "What Great Teachers do Differently." Todd is also on Twitter (@toddwhitaker)1. Why look at great? - What are the characteristics of “great” teachers? 2. - School districts put a lot of emphasis on new programs and initiatives? 3. - Are student expectations clear in your class? 4. - What are the most successful classroom management strategies you use? 5. - Are your expectations higher for your students than for yourself? 6. - When something goes wrong in your class (behavior, homework completion, quiz scores) who do you blame? 7. - How can we make sure we treat all students and colleagues with respect and care? 8. - How do you set the tone in your classroom? 9. - Building strong relationships with staff and students is essential to being a “great” teacher

What parents say testing is doing to their kids - The Answer Sheet This was written by Carol Corbett Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. By Carol Corbett Burris The politicians who believe in using tests to judge schools and teachers will tell you that their efforts are designed to help our nation’s children. How odd it is, then, that they never ask parents what they think. While testing expands like a balloon in the lives or our youngest students, there is no curiosity about what cannot be recorded on the scantron sheet. In order to find out what was on our parents’ minds, a group of New York principals created a short survey to give parents and teachers an opportunity to share their opinions. Over 8,000 parents across New York State responded to our online survey regarding their children’s experiences with the recent New York State 3-8 Assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics. * Sleep disruption, crying

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