(@mawurl)

Winter Campaign

Vertical Articulation: Big Ideas Across the Grades in Elementary Mathematics

It is often said that math instruction in the United States is "a mile wide and an inch deep." Still, there are major concepts that are introduced at each grade level, and mastery of these concepts forms the foundation that students will need for the algebra and geometry they will encounter in middle school (and higher level math beyond). We'd like to engage teachers from K-6 in our building to analyze these major concepts,... more »

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3 votes

Winter Campaign

Begin Engineering Education in Early Childhood

Young children are naturally curious and born to engineer. Testing and reconsidering the world around them using play-based learning, engineering is the natural vehicle for children to learn science and mathematics, in order to design, build, and test their theories. Engineering is perceived as a subject where educators need deep levels of specialization and requires certain curriculum. Most children are not exposed to... more »

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(@juliewebb)

Winter Campaign

Engines of Change: NBCT State and National Professional Learning Teams

Let's elevate the role of NBCTs by creating professional learning teams in every state. NBCTs would work with state departments of education, the U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations to design and deliver professional growth initiatives for teachers in their state. NBCT teams, called Engines of Change, would consult with counties, districts, and school sites to support professional learning in America's... more »

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(@jenmckenzie)

Winter Campaign

Growth Mindset

An article by Leigh Buchanan titled Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders states control is a mirage (June 2013). Buchanan explains the most effective leaders right now--men and women--are those who embrace these traits: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility. Inclusiveness. Generosity. Balance. Patience. There is a strong connection between these traits and my teaching style. My passion for bringing about change,... more »

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1 vote
(@colleenmason)

Winter Campaign

Teacher Preparation: Ready for Day One

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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4 votes

Winter Campaign

Student Leadership Team

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 »

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(@jaimecunningham)

Winter Campaign

Spread the Love

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 »

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1 vote
(@heatherhotchkiss)

Winter Campaign

Authentic Collaborative Teams: Meaningfully co-designing and implementing common instruction

My teaching has been transformed by being a part of a meaningful collaboration that has been maintained weekly for the past 4 years. With 7 current members across 5 different schools, we work together towards our common goal of helping students learn IB physics. We are committed to staying in alignment with each other because it enables our collaborative community to be more powerful. Therefore, we make decisions by... more »

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28 votes
(@kld240)

Winter Campaign

Classroom Connections: Creating opportunities for peer observation

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 »

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8 votes
(@jcolter)

Winter Campaign

Grading in the 21st Century

What would grading look like when assessing the 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking? Can this be done, will standard based grading need to happen, and if so how will schools, parents, and higher ed establishments adapt to this? 21st century skills are becoming part of the classroom especially in STEM. These skills are very important in becoming college and work... more »

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Winter Campaign

The Importance of Talk Time...for Students!

Collaborative conversations, text-based discussions, literature circles, Socratic seminars...these are a few of the buzz word strategies that have been used throughout the ages in order to engage students in learning. Providing opportunities for students to discuss rich fiction or expository text in a productive way is a great way to aid them in digesting the hefty standards they are expected to master. When students... more »

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1 vote
(@metrar)

Winter Campaign

Clear Path to Leadership

I know the responsibilities of school administration are endless and they are always working on improving school environment and student achievement, but what happens to career development for teachers? To further clarify, I’m not referring to another professional development or post observation conference, I’m talking about your goals in this profession and how one can be of assistance on your journey. I remember... more »

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4 votes

Winter Campaign

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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(@dbratcher)

Winter Campaign

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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2 votes