Teachers are passionate about helping their students and as a result seeking to improve their craft. That said, PD doesn’t always feel particularly helpful.
By definition, learning is social in nature. Using different mediums, whether it be books, discussions, technology, we study and make meaning together.
If you had to start somewhere--with one idea or 'thing' to change, what would it be? What if your only goal was to change the arc of your students' lives?
Problems still surfaced but with a system in place, it was much easier to identify exactly what went wrong and why and communicate it to students.
Mediocre teaching loiters around the lower levels of Bloom's taxonomy, rarely asking learners to think critically. A Culture of inquiry can change that.
Does the item require a passage, or a graphic? If so, is all the necessary information provided, and is it appropriate and accessible to the student?
Students need access to lower-level information to then use in the higher-level thinking that requires them to synthesize disparate facts and perspectives.
It's an extraordinary amount of work to design precise and personalized assessments that illuminate pathways forward for individual students.
Lesson study is not about discovering the one right way to teach a lesson but about building knowledge of many teaching models and strategies.
The 'giving' of yourself implies that you give your whole self to the act of teaching--that you merge your 'self' and your pedagogy.
I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated in the classroom, less tolerant, less friendly, and worst of all, sarcastic. I was utterly exhausted.
To get the best work from a student, they need to create their own standards for quality academic work--ideally alongside you, as a teacher.
In rigorous tasks, learners will often need to synthesize data, positions, or theories from multiple sources or perspectives.
One of the best aspects of being able to flip meetings is giving freedom, choice, and leadership opportunities to the teachers themselves.
Who gets to say you're doing a good job as a teacher? When you go to bed at night, whose approval are you really looking for?
With single-point rubrics, the focus is on providing evidence of meeting, exceeding, or falling short of the quality you're looking for.
The benefit of creating movie posters in the classroom is that they require the students to concisely 'capture' a film in order to persuade others.
Tone affects how students see themselves and their role in the learning process. The words you use when interacting with students can have a lasting impact.