While some will say the best part about teaching is the summers off, many of us realize that we put in endless hours planning through the summer. Throughout the school year, when teachers most need a break, we attend professional development days. These days are filled with new information and tactics to implement into our curriculum. In the midst of a planning year where do we find the time to change our lesson plans ...more »
Teaching students to be leaders can help sustain a school-wide social emotional learning environment, (SEL) as well as a school site positive behavior intervention support program (PBIS). Developing Student Teacher Leadership Teams to aide in the implementation of the programs can help the student body take ownership of the concepts and processes. Research to support the importance of SEL and PBIS for children can be ...more »
Every day there are amazing things happening in our classrooms. One of my goals is to ensure that there are opportunities for my teachers to observe one another, share strategies, and collaborate. I would often hear talk of peers wanting to observe one another but rarely was there ever follow through. My instructional coach and I created "Classroom Connections", the opportunity for our teachers to make a connection ...more »
Twenty-First Century educators are facing a battle over something younger than we are... Technology. More technology is introduced everyday and we are struggling to keep up, but it is one of the best tools we have for reaching our students which makes it worth the fight. We are teaching a new generation of students to use tools that we, ourselves have little and in some cases no experience with, and about the time we ...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 »
To move schools forward, schools have to analyze roles, routines, and structure. To promote this process, school communities need to first decide on a targeted mission/vision. Next, they need to make the time to analyze current roles, routines, and structures with regard to that mission/vision--what's working and what is not working? After that they need to create an action plan to restructure their school to better meet ...more »
How many started your first year and were hanging on by a thread? I have. The phrase "the 2nd year is better" or reading articles on "how to survive your first year" is created and used by veteran teachers. The traditional teacher development through college and alternative programs leave 1st year teachers unprepared to tackle all of the responsibilities of a teacher. Now add on the responsibility to relay content to ...more »
Windows from a dilapidated house in town were saved and went from trash to treasure. Visual artists in grades 4-6 cleaned off cobwebs and dirt dobbers nests to find the clean palette and begin design. Study in color and blending led to a collaboration of effort to transform many windows into one artistic window to the arts. Kimi Daly at Fairfield Magnet School
Societal rules, basic etiquette, and the definition of respect should be a mandatory workshop at the high school freshman level (or earlier). It is the moral choices, a family support system, and knowledge of different cultures that divide our society. As we see less familial guidance, it is the responsibility of the village to teach our new generations. As educators we strive for all of our students to succeed, but ...more »
The Good Force be with you!
Good leadership is teaching the students to be wise, just & lead many to righteousness while proper time management is right scheduling of subjects by conforming to God's plan which is Paradise Regained.
Live forever & prosper! Alleluia! Amen!
Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative will be sponsoring our annual Appalachian Renaissance Initiative’s Action Research Summit at Pikeville Expo Center on April 21, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am. The Summit will showcase learning and innovation taking place across the East Kentucky Region as a direct result of the Race-to-the-Top-District initiative awarded to the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and the ...more »
My school has a small recess yard and cafeteria which causes many staggered recesses and lunches by grade level. The classrooms are also situated in the wings of the school roughly by grade level. All of this leads to teachers connecting only with other teachers at their grade level for most of the day. This builds little sense of community amongst the teachers in the school. One way that we are working to end this ...more »