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The Power of Teacher Workshops: Advocating for Better PD at Your School

Posted on January 01, 2012

  Why PD Matters So Much Teachers have all experienced a professional development that is so way off target, stuff or one that had nothing to do with what they teach or who they teach. We teachers can talk about having to sit in poorly-run, clinic irrelevant PD like they are war stories. In the words of Aristotle: He who dares to teach must never cease to learn. An added layer being that our profession is a unique one in that we don't work with things, but with people. Just like med

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Co-Teaching is a Marriage

Posted on January 01, 2012

When it comes to good co-teaching, adiposity fluidity is the name of the game. In Katierose Dobrzykowski and Sara Dunaway’s co-taught 3rd grade classroom, there are few awkward pauses, jerky transitions, or blank stares from students. Instead, there’s constant motion, split-second decision-making, and an assembly of self-assured, active bodies. The teachers lead their students in a swift and graceful dance. See video:  "Co-Teaching Is a Marriage."  Baltimore County teachers Sara Dunaw

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Can I Get a Tow? Relating to Students with LD

Posted on January 01, 2012

My car's engine did not whir, approved or click, buy or do any of the other things an engine is supposed to do when the key is turned. I didn't panic, as I learned years ago that panicking does not help an auto-related emergency.  I dialed the number and explained the problem with language a 1st grader might use. "When I turn the key, nothing happens. Well, I guess the speedometer goes up to 80 miles an hour even though I'm not moving. And I don't hear the radio." As I stood in the shade o

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Work Overload!

Posted on January 01, 2012

Proven strategies for squeezing peak productivity out of an ordinary 30-minute staff meeting. WHAT are the barriers to raising student achievement? Ask any school leader and you will eventually hear that time and money—or rather the lack of—are among the biggest obstacles. My staff of 30 and I meet for 30 minutes every Wednesday before school. I chose the mornings to avoid conflicts with after-school events, visit this coaching obligations and extra-curricular activities. Thirty minutes

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20 tips for new Teachers to do This Year

Posted on January 01, 2012

Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers Teachers around the world are gearing up for the new school year but the experience is going to be vastly different for new teachers. Where an experienced teacher has the knowledge of what works and what doesn't, order a new teacher is going to be bombarded with tons of new info and the need to process it! Not to mention, visit web they will be preparing for the most important piece of all: their classroom instruction. In no way, do I want to add to the burden

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Efficacy in Education

Posted on January 01, 2012

Colby Christensen 5/26/2011 I Can I can make my own choices I can ignore people’s comments I can do what I want to do I can love my family I can give people a chance I can control my actions I can control my words and my sayings I can be a nice man I can be sensitive I can be lonely at times I can always be loved I can be married to a beautiful woman I can have a beautiful family I can be a wonderful man                   I know I know th

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Utah Running Start: Ready to Teach on Day One!

Posted on January 01, 2012

  Vision: All educators are using evidence-based practices. Purpose:  Help educators implement evidence-based practices with fidelity.  Build school and district capacity and sustainability for using evidence-based practices.  Improve student outcomes by promoting the use of evidence-based practices. Core Values: Trust Collaboration Continuous Improvement We Serve: Special educators, abortion related service providers, buy general educators, administrators, paraprofessional

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Coaching and Conflict

Posted on December 12, 2011

What high-quality education research says about ...Teacher performance evaluations Researchers agree that teachers and teacher quality is one of the most, adiposity if not the most, powerful way to create better schools. According to a 2009 report from The New Teacher Project, "A student assigned to a very good teacher for a single school year may gain up to a full year's worth of additional academic growth compared to a student assigned to a very poor teacher." Having a series of good teacher

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Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Posted on December 12, 2011

Local plan called model for the country Mr. Duncan expressed support for a program called the Toledo Plan, for sale the first teacher peer-review system in the nation, over the traditional teacher evaluation system. "I have tremendous respect for the work done in Toledo," he said. "In far too many places around the country, teacher evaluation is broken." The Toledo Plan was developed in 1981 by then local union president Dal Lawrence. The core of the program is its intern system, into which

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Education Secretary Favors Teacher Peer Review

Posted on December 12, 2011

Local plan called model for the country Mr. Duncan expressed support for a program called the Toledo Plan, side effects the first teacher peer-review system in the nation, over the traditional teacher evaluation system. "I have tremendous respect for the work done in Toledo," he said. "In far too many places around the country, teacher evaluation is broken." The Toledo Plan was developed in 1981 by then local union president Dal Lawrence. The core of the program is its intern system, into

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