Service-learning is a strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. This process is further reinforced when service is clearly linked to school curriculum or other educational objectives. Youth Volunteer Corps is the only large-scale youth service organization in the U.S. and Canada that ...more »
Holding writing workshops at the secondary level can be beneficial for students. This model is typically used at the elementary level, but systematic and structured mini lessons can potentially benefit secondary students as well. I have found that it not only inspires students and allows them to focus on foundational concepts of writing that are often overlooked during regular class time.
End poverty instead - students who come from high income homes do much better on tests than their poverty stricken peers. The simple solution is to end poverty. And every teacher will be rated effective.
During the school year, my district is great about training teachers how to use new instructional methods in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. However, the district has basically told us that we need to find all of the resources ourselves. We are also expected to create an assessment for each skill. In order for teachers to create their own curriculum and assessments they need to be given time. Not only ...more »
Sometimes beginning teachers do not have the support system of a mentor, or a PLC, or an immediate colleague, to help them create innovative teaching. Immediate inspiration could be achieved by the "I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Nation Network" and could be the uncomplicated resource to help new teachers find the help they need, immediately. District Professional Learning departments simply create a "go-to" online site on their main ...more »
Reduce the class load of approved master teachers in each area and allow them to visit classrooms for first-hand feedback.
As the Common Core Standards is implemented, early childhood educators are concerned that alignment of the developmentally appropriate curriculum may be jeopardized by inappropriate assessment practices. We want to use authentic learning experiences that are concrete and developmentally appropriate, followed by appropriately authentic assessment. No 'standardized assessment' - one right answer - bubble sheets' for young ...more »
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 »
As of May 2015, Mount Holyoke College in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year will be launching a new program to support and develop teacher leaders nationally. This program is built around the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the Teacher Leadership Competencies, and the National Board Five Core Propositions. Teachers will be able to earn stackable certificates as they work on building personal ...more »
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 »
My school has a small recess yard and cafeteria which causes many staggered recesses and lunches by grade level. The classrooms are also situated in the wings of the school roughly by grade level. All of this leads to teachers connecting only with other teachers at their grade level for most of the day. This builds little sense of community amongst the teachers in the school. One way that we are working to end this ...more »
It is no surprise that the topic of classroom clip charts has proven to be controversial for students, parents and educators alike. While clip charts offer a visually appealing tracking system for behavior in the classroom, what do they really tell us? I make it my mission to focus on the positive in the classroom so upon implementing a behavior chart I was not one to use the bottom half. Instead of clipping down in ...more »