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 »
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 »
I would like to increase teacher voice at the district office, not just telling them what the problems are, but actually being on committees that help offer solutions to the problems. What are some ways we can do this?
Teacher leaders need to be advocates for demonstrating that ALL children CAN learn when in the right environment. We need to stop looking at poverty as the reason we perform low on national tests in STEM disciplines. We need to overcome the obstacles by adopting norms that no matter what, our children will learn. It begins in our teacher preparation programs. There are so many inconsistencies between the states and ...more »
Our county in SC has appx 26,000 veterans who served. In a mission to capture as many of their stories as possible, we have began a project to interview a portion of the population (we have committed 68 vets to meet with our students) and create documentaries about each of the. In small groups. Students will film, scan in veteran artifacts, and then create an e book page about their person. We have set up several items ...more »
I have been in charge of piloting five iPads in my resource room setting for the past three years. Due to the testing scores my students received, my principal bought 40 more iPads. I have spent numerous hours independently investigating ways to best use iPads at the elementary level to reach the top of Blooms Taxonomy. As my iPad use has expanded so have my views on how to use iPads as tools towards higher level thinking, ...more »
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 »
Since we were small, we have been learning new behaviors through the practice of observation. It's no surprise, then, that most teachers will adopt those practices that they experienced while they themselves were a student. The question to think about though, it whether those teaching practices we remember from our 7th grade Science class years ago are still applicable and meaningful today. It is important for us as ...more »
Holding writing workshops at the secondary level can be beneficial for students. This model is typically used at the elementary level, but systematic and structured mini lessons can potentially benefit secondary students as well. I have found that it not only inspires students and allows them to focus on foundational concepts of writing that are often overlooked during regular class time.
When I was the chair of the sunshine team, spreading positive morale was one of my main goals. I started a "spread the love" campaign during the month of February that was extremely simple and brought a smile to everyone's face. Using heart shaped paper cut-outs, teachers and students would write positive messages and post them on the classroom door for everyone to see. This was so popular that we extended it to each ...more »
It has been said that a school’s environment and sense of community can directly have a positive or negative affect on student achievement. In taking the steps to strengthening a school’s community, teachers and staff need the opportunity to understand all inner-workings of the school. It is so often, that certain positions within the school system are underappreciated or not even recognized as important. Giving teachers ...more »
This workshop is designed and created to demonstrate how to use technology tools to promote learning that is purposeful and relevant. Teachers will learn how to utilize these tools in innovative ways in to engage all learners. This workshop is structured around the individual needs of the teachers and their student population.