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Teaching Core Values from The First Tee Golf Program to Students

For classes that are having issues with respect and discipline, teaching the core values from The First Tee program can help build a united classroom community. This golf program is for junior golfers and builds such a positive example of leadership-and can be used for the kids in your classroom! The core values to teach are: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, ...more »

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Using Lesson Study as a Collaborative Model

Lesson study is an effective collaborative tool to build trusting relationships among colleagues, build knowledge through rich and meaningful discussions, and improve instructional practice through deep analysis of student work and needs. Grade-levels or content-area departments that struggle with deprivatizing their practice and tend to plan & teach in isolation will benefit from the structured and focused model of ...more »

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Mentoring New Teachers

Teachers new to the district will be given a survey during orientation. Many topics that would be beneficial for a new hire would be listed such as school policies, grade book, incorporating common core, classroom management, etc. They will identify eight sessions that would be most beneficial to them. Results will be compiles and the topics with the most votes will be offered. Master teachers will be hired to prepare ...more »

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District Level Departmental Professional Development

I would like to start a professional development program in our district that provides an opportunity for teachers who teach similar subject/grade level time to collaborate. This would be professional development that is on a larger scale than just department or team meetings. For example, all US History teachers(from both of the high schools in our district) meet to share best practices.

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Scaffolding Standards Based Literacy Skills

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 »

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Free Play and Recess Requirements

Numerous studies highlight the importance of free, unstructured play in the healthy development of children. In Finland, students have a 15 minute recess break after every 45 minutes of academic instruction and their students rank at the top academically. Yet more and more schools in the U.S. have moved away from permitting regular recess for their elementary and middle school students in an attempt to gain more instructional ...more »

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Holding students accountable for Character

While standards address many learning targets in each subject area to address knowledge, reasoning, skill performance, and products of learning, I feel today's learners need more accountability to develop character and respect before they enter college or the work force. Disposition learning targets are addressed through the PE and Health curriculum in many districts, and my own school provides students with extra opportunities ...more »

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Tech Buddies: Creating Technology Learning Time for Students and Teachers.

In order for students to meet the demands of college and career readiness, they must be computer literate. Many schools have addressed some technology training for teachers but professional development for teachers is always a challenge to school schedules. Tech buddies is a simple answer to creating opportunities for teacher leaders to share with teachers and student leaders to share with other students. Much like the ...more »

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teacher advisers on school boards

Recently I have attended some school board meetings and I find that the members on the school board usually have an understanding about budget, finance and the physical operations of companies and businesses, but have no idea about education. I suggest that there be some teacher adviser positions which serve to give feedback on what happens in a classroom, school building and how whatever topic is being discussed would ...more »

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Preparing Urban Teachers

There are many components to teaching in an urban environment outside of curriculum and classroom management. Many teachers entering urban education lack the knowledge of family background, family and community struggles, community dynamics, and how to assist families in their academic, social, and emotional journey. In order to better prepare and retain urban teachers, a scaffolded mentoring and professional development ...more »

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Ready for Day One: Teacher Preparation Programs

Research and teacher experience has demonstrated that teacher preparation programs are not preparing teachers to be classroom-ready on day one of their teaching career. Since teacher effectiveness in the first few years of teaching is a strong indicator of long term teacher effectiveness, our students are not being served. Research also indicates that the most novice and ineffective teachers are working with the highest ...more »

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Work based learning with peer mentors for students with autism

At this moment many students that have learning disabilities or cognitive disibilities spend part of their k-12 education learning about the world of work. They learn this by taking work based learning classes that allow them to go to work for part of their school day and earn credit toward a high school diploma or a certificate of completion. Many of these students require a job coach so they can be successful. This ...more »

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