As a math interventionist for the past five years, I’ve heard the struggles teachers have with meeting the needs of all their diverse learners especially their struggling learners. All teachers want to be effective in meeting the needs of their students, but they don’t know how outside the curriculum. With the increasing rigor of the Common Core, teachers need specialized math instruction training along with Professional ...more »
If a class is having poor behavior moments, I take a minute to reverse the role modeling.I sit at a student's desk, and allow a small group of students to stand up as the teachers. There assignment is to get me to write my name on a piece of paper. While they're trying to teach me to do this, I display actions that they use. Sometimes I also give role modeling action cards and have small groups display the wrong behaviors ...more »
Bringing your leadership skills into your grade level collaboration meetings will set a positive framework for the many changes that are upon us as we embrace the Common Core Curriculum. It is important to have at least one teacher leader in a grade level to maintain balance, listen to concerns, and guide the change process. Teacher leaders should present change with an open mind and be prepared to hear ideas from all ...more »
I don't think educators typically have leadership skills. They need to learn how to think and act strategically when it comes to new ideas, changing practice, and learning together. There is lots of research available in this regard and if teachers learn how to advocate and lead, they not only will impact schools with greater skill, but they will also model these leadership skills for the students they teach.
My idea is to create a district online forum (maybe Edmodo as platform) for teachers to collaborate, share ideas, share training videos, resources, etc. This weblog to be used for teachers to log PD hours for re-certification.
In a time of educational flux, it seems as if there is no better time for opportunity than the present for educators to become teacher leaders. One does not need to do work at the district level in order to become a teacher leader. Teacher leaders are individuals open to change and are proactive in sharing their knowledge, leading collaboration meetings, grade level discussions, community involvement, and/or any additional ...more »
There is a need to create a PLC (Professional Learning Community)of veteran teachers who are able to provide novice teachers with the best practices to use when effectively communicating with parents in difficult situations. Although educators attend teacher prep programs to obtain the proper tools on becoming teachers, there is a lack of best strategies provided to these novice teachers on how they can effectively communicate ...more »
There are so many different ideas and opinions about how to improve schools, teaching, and learning. We hear from parents, educators, administrators, policy makers, and everyone who has access to a soapbox. The one voice we rarely hear is that of students. This idea is to institute a regular questioning process with students to gather insight into a school's progress, to collect new ideas for new directions, and to empower ...more »
It is often said that math instruction in the United States is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Still, there are major concepts that are introduced at each grade level, and mastery of these concepts forms the foundation that students will need for the algebra and geometry they will encounter in middle school (and higher level math beyond). We'd like to engage teachers from K-6 in our building to analyze these major concepts, ...more »
Literacy skills have been emphasized in the Common Core as skills that cross disciplines; however, many teachers seem uncomfortable with their own understanding of these skills and/or are proceeding by simply attaching a standard to activities they've always done instead of placing the skills of the standards first and collaborating with teachers for both horizontal and vertical scaffolding. How can we reshape our thinking ...more »
My work is in showing teachers how to listen to students through the new methodologies that are now in use so that the student can become leaders in their community.
It has become a common problem in our school district that our substitute positions are not filling on a daily basis.With opening new schools every year, new classroom openings are collecting all of past years substitutes or recent college graduates. Teachers, administrative assistants, and administrators are also left scrambling during the morning hours trying to fill open classrooms through the day especially on staff ...more »