Winter Campaign

What is your idea for teacher leadership in your school, district or state?
(@hmarino)

Winter Campaign

Scaffolding Standards Based Literacy Skills

Literacy skills have been emphasized in the Common Core as skills that cross disciplines; however, many teachers seem uncomfortable with their own understanding of these skills and/or are proceeding by simply attaching a standard to activities they've always done instead of placing the skills of the standards first and collaborating with teachers for both horizontal and vertical scaffolding. How can we reshape our thinking... more »

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4 votes
(@kld240)

Winter Campaign

Classroom Connections: Creating opportunities for peer observation

Every day there are amazing things happening in our classrooms. One of my goals is to ensure that there are opportunities for my teachers to observe one another, share strategies, and collaborate. I would often hear talk of peers wanting to observe one another but rarely was there ever follow through.

My instructional coach and I created "Classroom Connections", the opportunity for our teachers to make a connection... more »

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8 votes
(@sadamson)

Winter Campaign

Free Play vs Structured Sports at the Elementary Level

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 »

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0 votes
(@keljormon)

Winter Campaign

teacher advisers on school boards

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 »

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2 votes
(@hannapuetz)

Winter Campaign

Job Share for Strengthened School Community

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 »

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1 vote
(@ckalsow)

Winter Campaign

Holding students accountable for Character

While standards address many learning targets in each subject area to address knowledge, reasoning, skill performance, and products of learning, I feel today's learners need more accountability to develop character and respect before they enter college or the work force. Disposition learning targets are addressed through the PE and Health curriculum in many districts, and my own school provides students with extra opportunities... more »

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1 vote
(@heatherhotchkiss)

Winter Campaign

Authentic Collaborative Teams: Meaningfully co-designing and implementing common instruction

My teaching has been transformed by being a part of a meaningful collaboration that has been maintained weekly for the past 4 years. With 7 current members across 5 different schools, we work together towards our common goal of helping students learn IB physics.

We are committed to staying in alignment with each other because it enables our collaborative community to be more powerful. Therefore, we make decisions by... more »

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28 votes
(@uofcteach)

Winter Campaign

Student Teaching: The Next Apprenticeship

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 »

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1 vote

Winter Campaign

Providing Effective Training to Support Classroom Instruction

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 »

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3 votes
(@sara.arranz)

Winter Campaign

We all speak the same Language

In a growing multicultural and multilingual society the number of students with a second language will increase and teachers will need to become more effective and productive. Soon, the majority of teachers in USA will serve a member in their community (student or parent) who will speak a second language. My idea is to create a Coaching/ Mentoring Program for any teacher who serves in these communities. We will brainstorm... more »

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2 votes
(@jcolter)

Winter Campaign

Grading in the 21st Century

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 »

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0 votes
(@tgreenless)

Winter Campaign

Start a morning run club!

It has been proven over and over again that exercising increases brain activity and learning amongst elementary aged students. Having a running club Tuesday and Thursday at our school has been a huge success for all involved! The parents organize the rewards for number of laps completed and the kids love it. It's simple and can be such a positive environment filled with energy and music to kick start the day!

Voting

3 votes

Winter Campaign

The program I wish I had: How we can support and develop more teacher leaders (and build more NBCTs)

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 »

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9 votes
(@dku100)

Winter Campaign

Grade Level Collaboration

Bringing your leadership skills into your grade level collaboration meetings will set a positive framework for the many changes that are upon us as we embrace the Common Core Curriculum. It is important to have at least one teacher leader in a grade level to maintain balance, listen to concerns, and guide the change process. Teacher leaders should present change with an open mind and be prepared to hear ideas from all... more »

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0 votes
(@rcastle)

Winter Campaign

Early Childhood Authentic Assessment

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 »

Voting

6 votes