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.
As a PE instructor I believe that kids learn better when they are given the time to be creative and use their imaginations. I do not referee games nor do I keep score. I teach kids the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork. We play to have fun not to win or lose. I feel that when kids have the freedom to explore their skills, they are better able to figure out their strengths and weaknesses. At the elementary... 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 »
Using your state's writing standards and your district's writing initiatives, create a "Writing Menu" similar to the reading "CAFE" menu. This menu is displayed in the classroom. As writing topics are discussed and put into practice by the students, add these items to the writing menu for future reference throughout the year, and as a quick reminder of the tools used by writers to produce an excellent piece of writing.... more »
One of the biggest struggles for increasing AP access is providing first-time AP students with sufficient support. We can use technology platforms like Google Hangouts to increase resources for first time AP students. For students in schools with limited AP enrollment, this tool can let students have the collaboration with peers that is part of a rigorous learning environment. It can also help new AP teachers learn... more »
I would like a way to share activities and technological resources with other math teachers in my district. We tried to meet once a month and have one teacher present their lesson each time, but there was very low participation. It wasn't a required meeting, so many teachers chose not to participate. I'd like to get the other teachers in my district more excited about implementing new technology math resources into their... more »
NJ ASCD believes in order to provide a full service experience where children and families needs are met on a daily basis, the entire teacher must be fulfilled, too. Perseverance must play a significantly central role in an educator’s life in order to meet the needs of the whole child. A healthy teacher becomes a lifelong learner and leader. A whole teacher better models and supports a whole child and their family. NJ... more »
Provide professional development opportunities for general education teachers at both elementary and secondary levels within our district and intermediate school district levels. Lead special education teachers would be provided time to prepare and organize professional development, and be paid if outside of school hours, to specific areas of need according to general education teachers. A common website would be created... more »
To effectively meet the writing demands placed on the middle school students where I am a literacy coach and to help them meet the expectations of the CCSS, content teachers are recognizing a need to develop their curriculum to include write-to-learn procedures. Write-to-learn activities in content area classes build the content knowledge and the stamina for more sustained discipline-specific writing. I am collaborating... 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.
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 »
Though recent years have seen tremendous progress toward collaboration and sharing ideas between teachers, whether with grade-level teams, content-alike teams, district or personal learning networks, teachers still struggle with how they can implement what they learn in their room with their students. When teachers are practicing something new, whether it's an instructional practice, behavior management technique, technology... more »
What would grading look like when assessing the 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking? Can this be done, will standard based grading need to happen, and if so how will schools, parents, and higher ed establishments adapt to this? 21st century skills are becoming part of the classroom especially in STEM. These skills are very important in becoming college and work... more »
Numerous studies highlight the importance of free, unstructured play in the healthy development of children. In Finland, students have a 15 minute recess break after every 45 minutes of academic instruction and their students rank at the top academically. Yet more and more schools in the U.S. have moved away from permitting regular recess for their elementary and middle school students in an attempt to gain more instructional... 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 »