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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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Hybrid Special Education Mentor Teacher with New Special Education Teacher Residency Program

This is a year-long residency experience and hybrid teacher role. Match a new special educator and paraprofessional with an experienced (preferably NBCT) mentor special educator (MSE) and trained paraprofessional (para) in a self-contained classroom. Have the MSE train the new educator; the para trains the new para. For the 1st marking period both teachers are in the classroom with both paras. She observes the new teacher, ...more »

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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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Submitted by (@colleenmason)

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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Repairing Mental Health

I will be focusing on helping my coworkers overcome mental stressors from major changes that have been taking place around our school. We all need to step back from the struggles that we are facing and focus on the most important issue: our mental health. I do believe that if we are able to overcome this mountain that we are faced with at the present moment at our school and can be more focused on the positives, our ...more »

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Submitted by (@g.garland)

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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Instructional Round Playground: Identifying Excellence in Educational Practice

Our new teachers meet with instructional coaches for five seminars outside of the school day in their first year. This year, we incorporated what I call "Instructional Round Playground." This is how it works. We show our new teachers a portion of a Teaching Channel video. Then, as if we were taking part in an instructional round together, we focus on identifying examples of excellence in teaching. It's amazing what ...more »

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Submitted by (@kkish0)

Reverse role modeling.

If a class is having poor behavior moments, I take a minute to reverse the role modeling.I sit at a student's desk, and allow a small group of students to stand up as the teachers. There assignment is to get me to write my name on a piece of paper. While they're trying to teach me to do this, I display actions that they use. Sometimes I also give role modeling action cards and have small groups display the wrong behaviors ...more »

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Submitted by (@keljormon)

Teachers advise architects

Consult teachers in the process of building & remodeling schools. We, especially elementary school teachers, are experts about traffic flow for carpool, buses, student movement within the building, placement of restrooms, student flow in cafeteria, locker placement, stairwell safety, parent access to the building, dry erase board placement on walls in classrooms, parking needs, access to outdoors / playground areas, storage ...more »

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National Board Distinguished Preparation Pathway

P12 National Board Certified classroom teacher leaders will drive collaboration and partnerships with higher education faculty to design and implement a voluntary National Board Distinguished Preparation Pathway option for aspiring teachers. Participants will intentionally be introduced and made aware of National Board Certification upon, or before, entry into their teacher preparation program. The Pathway will include ...more »

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