I value the importance of Peer Observations in the world of education. However, typically it is done with someone of alike content, a mentor, etc. It is important to remember the value of learning from any professional. When proposed the task of Observing a peer, suggest someone in a totally different content area. For example, when I did this (I am a Health Sciences teacher), I paired up with a Business Education ...more »
Recently I have attended some school board meetings and I find that the members on the school board usually have an understanding about budget, finance and the physical operations of companies and businesses, but have no idea about education. I suggest that there be some teacher adviser positions which serve to give feedback on what happens in a classroom, school building and how whatever topic is being discussed would ...more »
As a math interventionist for the past five years, I’ve heard the struggles teachers have with meeting the needs of all their diverse learners especially their struggling learners. All teachers want to be effective in meeting the needs of their students, but they don’t know how outside the curriculum. With the increasing rigor of the Common Core, teachers need specialized math instruction training along with Professional ...more »
It has been said that a school’s environment and sense of community can directly have a positive or negative affect on student achievement. In taking the steps to strengthening a school’s community, teachers and staff need the opportunity to understand all inner-workings of the school. It is so often, that certain positions within the school system are underappreciated or not even recognized as important. Giving teachers ...more »
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 »
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 »
TLI exists in 13 states. The Governor of Illinois, a gifted businessman with good intentions regarding anti-corruption, has launched an assault on "greedy union bosses" and the union membership in the state. It is imperative that teachers in IL are prepared to lead the profession against the tide of intentional belittling by our elected state officials in both the executive and legislative branches. I would like to see ...more »
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 »
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 »
What are some creative and fun ways to implement PBIS in primary/elementary school setting?
An image that comes to my mind when I ponder the idea of a teacher leader is an acrostic with the words lead and learn joining at the letter "A". It is important that we as educators continually learn and share ideas. When we continue our education we demonstrate a drive to be lifelong learners--in hopes that our students will become lifelong learners.
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 »