Informal. Formal. Summative. Formative. Assessments are powerful educational tools, and we use them so frequently. Nevertheless, teachers receive very little education about or training in effective, valid assessment practices. Teacher education programs could certainly include more about assessments, but classroom experiences with them provide valuable knowledge that theory never will. Therefore, a greater conversation ...more »
How many started your first year and were hanging on by a thread? I have. The phrase "the 2nd year is better" or reading articles on "how to survive your first year" is created and used by veteran teachers. The traditional teacher development through college and alternative programs leave 1st year teachers unprepared to tackle all of the responsibilities of a teacher. Now add on the responsibility to relay content to ...more »
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 »
Principals, central office admin, consultants, and state ed departments would be required to teach just one prep or class for a 3-6 month period at least once every two years. The teacher in which they are 'subbing' for would then be released during that time to participate in some of the leadership responsibilities of the person assuming their role as teacher. Or they could use their release time to coach a colleague ...more »
Principals work closely with teacher leaders to develop a long-term schedule in which the principal teaches so the teacher leader can have release time to work teacher-to-teacher to build social and professional capital. Admin who teach would be reminded about the complex work of teaching and gain a deeper sense of what both students and teachers need in order to be successful - especially in the new era of Common Core. ...more »
Principals should teach condensed summer school classes with full responsibility of attendance, electronic gradebooks, and SOL preparation. This would require the least amount of time committed to the task and give more of a sense of belonging to the school and the teaching community. Most dedicated administrators I've encountered miss the classroom. There are a few who spend hours in the classroom, especially during ...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.