Professional Development 7
By Dr. Jane Bartley Everyone knows the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A photo taken during an LSI Leadership Academy session captures the essence of that statement perfectly. Listed on a dry erase board are five statements that describe the work teacher teams in MSD Lawrence Township will tackle this coming year; […]
By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles Help the class determine who […]
By Kara Bentley On August 21, I celebrated in Des Moines with administrators and instructional staff of Monroe Elementary School as we engaged in productive struggle to craft our vision of instruction for the 2017-2018 school year. To succeed at building our new vision as Schools for Rigor, participants had to leave their comfort zones […]
“You have an enormous opportunity to change students’ lives.” —Michael D. Toth, CEO, Learning Sciences International By Theresa Staley Of all the things you do in this life, make it your mission to leave a lasting imprint on your students that’s so bold, it defines your legacy and resonates well into the future. […]
By Theresa Staley Teaching requires unrelenting dedication to students, humanity, and our educational craft. Educators accept the roles of parent, coach, advocate, mentor, counselor, and role model, among others. Our profession requires us to develop and sustain intangible interpersonal qualities, what we call “conative skills,” as ambassadors of learning. Conative (“soft”) skills are as important […]
Wheels of Fortune: How and Why Learning Target Focus Wheels Should Be Part of Your Instructional Design
By Theresa Staley Learn what learning target focus wheels are, how they improve classroom learning and climate, and see a specific example to implement in your instructional design. Wouldn’t it be spectacular if one student-centered resource could provide all of the assessment information teachers need, and beyond that, build a climate of motivated learners? What if […]
By Scott Sterling We’re all aware of the statistics that point out teacher attrition and how the issue is one of the most important that harms education today. It’s become simply too hard to hire teachers and help them stay in the classroom longer than a few years. Or is it? Although it’s not possible […]
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