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A New Look at Lesson Study

Posted on October 10, 2011

Benefits of Lesson Study Lesson study is a form of professional development in which a small team of teachers collaborate to plan a research lesson. It provides a systematic process that involves four steps: 1. Identifying an aspect of student learning that needs improvement. 2. Planning a research lesson that generates discussion about the teaching of that concept. 3. Conducting the lesson with teachers observing and collecting data on student thinking. 4. Reflecting on the data and its

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Every Teacher a Coach

Posted on October 10, 2011

Effective coaches know that a culture of success is more motivating than a culture of winning. I had a moment of insight about great coaching as I watched Olympic high diving a few years ago. The camera showed the climb to the platform from which divers propelled themselves into a pool that looked distant and small from the high perch. Because diving coaches know the potential for significant physical and emotional trauma if a diver lands at the wrong angle in the water, the event narrato

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Study: Effectiveness Drops in Departing Teachers’ Final Year

Posted on October 10, 2011

Teachers who leave the profession after their third or fourth year tend to be less effective in that final year of teaching compared to professionals who stayed on, side effects according to a provocative new study appearing in the August/September issue of Educational Researcher. Authors Gary T. Henry, information pills Kevin C. Bastian, and C. Kevin Fortner began their study with an interesting question: Analyses of large sets of panel data linking students to teachers have documented fai

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The Importance Of Character

Posted on October 10, 2011

Character is who we are when no one is looking In a recent Scientific American article entitled “How The Illusion of Being Observed Can Make You A Better Person, ask ” we learn that cues that we are being watched have an impact on our social behavior: we tend to be on our best behavior, viagra sale the research shows, order when we feel that we are being observed. But, contrary to what the article states, this is far from making us a better person. What makes us a better person is a qu

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Encouraging Student Academic Motivation

Posted on October 10, 2011

Encouraging Student Academic Motivation One of the greatest frustrations mentioned by many teachers is that their students are often not motivated to learn. Teachers quickly come to recognize the warning signs of poor motivation in their classroom: students put little effort into homework and class work assignments, slump in their seats and fail to participate in class discussion, or even become confrontational toward the teacher when asked about an overdue assignment. One common method f

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Coaching Professional Learning Communities

Posted on September 09, 2011

In the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to coach several high school department and elementary grade level professional learning communities. Here are some of the common suggestions I provided: Separate department and grade level “meeting issues” from the work of the PLC. Due to tight time demands I found groups scheduled for an hour PLC, ampoule but handling the usual request for information from principals or curriculum offices or testing coordinators. Not ideal, medicine b

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Teachers’ use of Coaches

Posted on August 08, 2011

What responsibility do teachers have when instructional coaches are placed in their buildings? In my workshops for coaches and principals I often suggest that principals should be communicating to teachers that there is a professional expectation to make use of the coach as a resource provided to the school. In the February 2011 issue of JDS from Learning Forward (Vol.32 No 1), what is ed Davis Yopp and others wrote, dosage “How to be a Wise Consumer of Coaching….Strategies Teachers Can

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Coaching Coaches

Posted on August 08, 2011

COACHING PROBLEM SOLVING I was asked to spend two days in an elementary school observing teachers and students practicing problem solving. I observed and conferenced with the instructional coach and administration focusing on ways to support continued problem solving in instruction. In a faculty meeting at the end of my visit I presented the following guidelines for use in coaching individual teachers and grade level or vertical teams: When selecting problems for students consider.... What

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Teachers Observing Teachers Sparks Discussions, New Ideas

Posted on August 08, 2011

Peer Walk-Throughs Looking for a way to encourage more collaboration and reflection among his staff, page principal Terry Bradley worked with university professors to implement peer walk-throughs. The observations and discussions have changed the way teachers teach. All teachers sometimes can use another set of eyes and ears to let them know how they are doing—not to mention a shoulder to lean on—and one school has found that the best professional development for teachers can come from d

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New Instructional Coaches: Getting in the Classroom Door

Posted on July 07, 2011

How do new (and not so new) instructional coaches get into teachers’ classrooms and schedules? That question was posed to me when I recently worked with the 11th cadre of elementary reading coaches at Hillsborough County, more about Tampa, doctor Florida. The members of this class were completing their year long training program with a summer reading camp and daily opportunities to work with teachers and each other. They are completing interviews and getting assigned to buildings. In a few

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