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Lab Classroom? Why not yours and mine?

One way to improve your teaching is through observing others teach. Not often do teachers get the opportunity to be in each others classrooms to watch a lesson with a critical eye on the lesson and the students’ reaction to that lesson. An effective way to promote this kind of observation is through lesson study. As a teacher on special assignment I am able to facilitate short lesson study cycles with interested staff. ...more »

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The Breathing Pause

So many educators know the stressors that come our way daily, starting from the moment we open our eyes in the morning. The myriad of decisions a teacher makes in her day when responding to students' needs, can really take its toll - if we are not mindful. As the week goes on, we become stretched even thinner and our reserves diminish. Then it happens- we snap at that student who said the right thing- but at the wrong ...more »

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Doctoral Fellowships for Teacher Leaders

Teachers of many years experience are valuable resources at the university level for teacher preparation programs and research in best practices, developmentally appropriate assessments, and many more areas of national concern. Career pathways must be established and made readily available so that these teachers who have sustained a career in the classroom may advance to support the education of teachers and the development ...more »

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Use chess to support CCSS Math Practices

Many students struggle with math practices, which are apart of the common core. Students, across grade level spans, are asked to persevere in solving problems and communicate about their problem solving (in addition to critiquing the reasoning of others). This presents a challenge for many students who struggle with completing problems and explaining their thoughts. While many teachers are improving their teaching techniques ...more »

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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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Teacher Leaders Inspire Others by Being a Support

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 »

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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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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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Supporting Teacher Success

In many classrooms, especially in low-income schools, we see dedicated teachers whose students are not making expected progress. These teachers often receive pressure and attack from other teachers, parents, and administrators. This pressure, intended to motivate, increases stress and anxiety for struggling teachers and is counterproductive. Building a professional community beyond the school increases confidence and ...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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