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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, 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, 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 medical

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Co-Teaching is a Marriage

Posted on January 01, 2012

When it comes to good co-teaching, 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 Dunaway an

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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, or click, 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 of small map

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Work Overload!

Posted on January 01, 2012

Where Did I Put My Cape? What a first week! As a teacher in a self-contained classroom, stomach I was aware that I would be teaching all the subjects to students in all grades, plus two elective courses. I was happy when I found out that I only had one eighth grader for one class, which meant I would only be teaching two grades for the majority of my day. As the summer progressed, I decided to be proactive and begin lesson planning, which also helped me meet and build relationships with thos

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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, a new teacher is going to be bombarded with tons of new info and the need to process it! Not to mention, 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 of the alread

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Efficacy in Education

Posted on January 01, 2012

Efficacy Efficacy is an interesting word that certainly has implications for education.  The “go-to” source of information, Wikipedia, says, “Efficacy is the capacity to produce an effect. It has different meanings in different fields.” For educators, what would be the desired effect of the day to day routine in the classroom? Douglas B. Reeves gives a good definition in his book Finding Your Leadership Focus: What Matters Most for Student Results. “By ‘efficacy’ we mean the pers

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Utah Running Start: Ready to Teach on Day One!

Posted on January 01, 2012

Starting a career as a new special educator is a daunting experience. Having the knowledge, skills and managing the multiple tasks required make the first weeks of school especially challenging. Many veteran teachers in special education look back on their own entrance to the field and shake their heads as they remember their “sink or swim” first-year experience and strongly support the need to provide new teachers with a quality induction program. The Utah State Personnel Development Gra

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Coaching and Conflict

Posted on December 12, 2011

LEADING IN CONFLICT I just returned from the Jim Knight Instructional Coaching Conference at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. I had the opportunity to present and to be a panel member and participant in breakout workshops. One of the sessions I attended, price Coaches and Conflict in Schools, unhealthy was presented by Joellen Killion, drugs Senior Advisor, at Learningforward. Here are her assumptions and my comments: #1 All conflict needs are legitimate. This is

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Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Posted on December 12, 2011

One small change can yield big results Students in Hayley Dupuy’s sixth-grade science class at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, stuff Calif., purchase are beginning a unit on plate tectonics. In small groups, doctor they are producing their own questions, quickly, one after another: What are plate tectonics? How fast do plates move? Why do plates move? Do plates affect temperature? What animals can sense the plates moving? They raise questions “that we never would

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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, 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 al

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