Winter Campaign

Rethinking Clip Charts: Through the Eyes of a Student

It is no surprise that the topic of classroom clip charts has proven to be controversial for students, parents and educators alike. While clip charts offer a visually appealing tracking system for behavior in the classroom, what do they really tell us? I make it my mission to focus on the positive in the classroom so upon implementing a behavior chart I was not one to use the bottom half. Instead of clipping down in ...more »

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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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Hybrid roles to support teachers and administration

I have begun discussions with my central administration about creating hybrid positions within the district in order to help support a number of different initiatives that we have on-going. For instance, we are piloting a teacher evaluation system this year, and it goes live next school year. Between the administrators also having a new evaluation program, there is simply not enough capacity to support teachers learning ...more »

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Teach Educators Leadership Skills

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.

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Restructure Schools with Inclusive, Strategic Process

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 »

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Teaching is a Year Round Job

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 »

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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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Guide Teachers in Personal Reflection Through Use of Video

Though recent years have seen tremendous progress toward collaboration and sharing ideas between teachers, whether with grade-level teams, content-alike teams, district or personal learning networks, teachers still struggle with how they can implement what they learn in their room with their students. When teachers are practicing something new, whether it's an instructional practice, behavior management technique, technology ...more »

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Invent the Future by Coding

Computational thinking and coding is the new literacy that is needed for students in order for them to create innovative ways of expression and to solve complex problems that face society. Through explicitly connecting the computational thinking process to problem solving, students learn to decompose complex problems, look for patterns, and come up with solutions. This connects well with the eight Standards for Mathematical ...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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Writing Menu for the Classroom

Using your state's writing standards and your district's writing initiatives, create a "Writing Menu" similar to the reading "CAFE" menu. This menu is displayed in the classroom. As writing topics are discussed and put into practice by the students, add these items to the writing menu for future reference throughout the year, and as a quick reminder of the tools used by writers to produce an excellent piece of writing. ...more »

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