We have to strengthen our students literacy skills where they are. Our building would adopt literacy principles building wide so that all teachers become literacy instructors. Every teacher would incorporate reading and writing into their lesson planning and instruction. Every objective would reflect a literacy component. All teachers would learn and share strategies for improving building wide literacy skills. Common ...more »
Fall 2014 Campaign
A lead teacher organizes a group of teachers (can be content-based) to collaborate and accomplish an instructional goal, usually data-driven and student-achievement-based. The group identifies their target for improvement, petitions for resources (often this is time to meet together and possibly some PD that matches their focus area) and agrees on the data to collect in order to monitor progress. The data should be connected ...more »
Every school and district should set aside resources and time to engage students in experiences in the natural world. This initiative recognizes that there is educational value to this kind of expeditionary learning. Experiences can include literacy and math as well as science and social studies content.
With the new NGSS, elementary science is at a turning point. Our 21st Century learners must be educated in a way that best meets their immediate needs and prepares them for careers of the future ~ careers that may have yet to be named! My focus in on integrating technology into my fourth grade curriculum in a way that will strengthen my students math and science skills. The Maker Movement employs many engineering concepts ...more »
Find field-tested tips for initiating contact with your students' homes. Make that phone call home a positive and productive experience.
Teachers, support staff, and principals need to communicate effectively with both parents and students about expectations. It is important for both to know what they are learning and why.
Many current teachers were taught back in the stone ages by professors of nothing who didn't employ internet resources and DVD's. Many still use lecture or teacher centered instruction as their soul device for delivering instructional material. Synthesizing what we already have discussed; new teachers would be partnered with fossil teachers and assist them with webpage development, integrating technology into the content ...more »
The teaching profession changes so fast (data, technology, culture, etc.) while many teacher preparation/credential programs remain behind-the-times, not adequately preparing teachers for current or future classrooms. Just 1 example: - All levels of educators indicate data use as being important (Marsh et al., 2005), yet - training programs for teachers have generally not addressed data skills & data-informed decision-making ...more »
My colleagues and I would like to make our middle school a balanced literacy school. Each teacher in every discipline would implement aspects of balanced literacy so that students are getting reading and writing instruction in every domain and benefitting from small group instruction as much as possible. We would like to start this idea with a cohort of teachers and then slowly spread to the whole school over a number ...more »
Teachers who share aspects of their identity (gender, race, sexual orientation, etc) meet to discuss their work in schools and in education through the lens of this particular identity. How does it affect their work? What additional obstacles or stressed do you face as a result of this identity? What advantages or strengths does this identity allow you to leverage in your work with students? Teachers bring their entire ...more »
Because of my visibility both as a blogger and as an award winner I have been invited on numerous occasions to be a guest presenter for all/part of classes at a number of colleges/universities. Each time I have received positive feedback from the students because they appreciated the insights offered by someone actually in the classroom. Colleges/universities should consider having a pool of nearby NBCTs upon whom they ...more »
We need more second career teachers. They bring high content knowledge and valuable real-world experiences to the classroom. That is my perspective as a second career teacher. We need programs that do a better job of recruiting them yes, but more than that we need professional development programs focused on the specific challenges of new second career teachers. The "one size" teacher prep or teacher mentor program is ...more »