I have begun discussions with my central administration about creating hybrid positions within the district in order to help support a number of different initiatives that we have on-going. For instance, we are piloting a teacher evaluation system this year, and it goes live next school year. Between the administrators also having a new evaluation program, there is simply not enough capacity to support teachers learning... more »
Lesson study is an effective collaborative tool to build trusting relationships among colleagues, build knowledge through rich and meaningful discussions, and improve instructional practice through deep analysis of student work and needs. Grade-levels or content-area departments that struggle with deprivatizing their practice and tend to plan & teach in isolation will benefit from the structured and focused model of... more »
My idea is to create a district online forum (maybe Edmodo as platform) for teachers to collaborate, share ideas, share training videos, resources, etc. This weblog to be used for teachers to log PD hours for re-certification.
There is a need to create a PLC (Professional Learning Community)of veteran teachers who are able to provide novice teachers with the best practices to use when effectively communicating with parents in difficult situations. Although educators attend teacher prep programs to obtain the proper tools on becoming teachers, there is a lack of best strategies provided to these novice teachers on how they can effectively communicate... more »
Since we were small, we have been learning new behaviors through the practice of observation. It's no surprise, then, that most teachers will adopt those practices that they experienced while they themselves were a student. The question to think about though, it whether those teaching practices we remember from our 7th grade Science class years ago are still applicable and meaningful today. It is important for us as... more »
I would like to start a professional development program in our district that provides an opportunity for teachers who teach similar subject/grade level time to collaborate. This would be professional development that is on a larger scale than just department or team meetings. For example, all US History teachers(from both of the high schools in our district) meet to share best practices.
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 »
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 »
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.
It has become a common problem in our school district that our substitute positions are not filling on a daily basis.With opening new schools every year, new classroom openings are collecting all of past years substitutes or recent college graduates. Teachers, administrative assistants, and administrators are also left scrambling during the morning hours trying to fill open classrooms through the day especially on staff... more »
There are so many different ideas and opinions about how to improve schools, teaching, and learning. We hear from parents, educators, administrators, policy makers, and everyone who has access to a soapbox. The one voice we rarely hear is that of students. This idea is to institute a regular questioning process with students to gather insight into a school's progress, to collect new ideas for new directions, and to empower... 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 »
Teaching students to be leaders can help sustain a school-wide social emotional learning environment, (SEL) as well as a school site positive behavior intervention support program (PBIS). Developing Student Teacher Leadership Teams to aide in the implementation of the programs can help the student body take ownership of the concepts and processes. Research to support the importance of SEL and PBIS for children can be... more »
Societal rules, basic etiquette, and the definition of respect should be a mandatory workshop at the high school freshman level (or earlier). It is the moral choices, a family support system, and knowledge of different cultures that divide our society. As we see less familial guidance, it is the responsibility of the village to teach our new generations. As educators we strive for all of our students to succeed, but... more »
Windows from a dilapidated house in town were saved and went from trash to treasure. Visual artists in grades 4-6 cleaned off cobwebs and dirt dobbers nests to find the clean palette and begin design. Study in color and blending led to a collaboration of effort to transform many windows into one artistic window to the arts. Kimi Daly at Fairfield Magnet School