Category: Professional Development

Math Tricks? Just Say No!

By Jackie Speake If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I am not a math person,” well… I might not be rich, but I’d have a decent amount of spare cash to invest (that’s what we math people do with our spare cash … no,

Are Today’s School Leaders Getting the Support They Need?

by Beverly Carbaugh and Robert Marzano, coauthors of School Leadership for Results: A Focused Model There is tremendous turnover and attrition of principals and assistant principals in K–12 schools. 25,000 principals leave the profession each year, fully a quarter of the country’s school leaders. Half of principals quit their jobs by

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers

By Mike Gershon, author of How to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in the Classroom: The Complete Guide I have a confession to make. I love Bloom’s Taxonomy. I think it is one of the most useful teaching tools out there – and one that is too often overlooked, forgotten or not used

How Should Principals Spend Their Time?

By Amy Dujon, author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation (response originally published by Education Week.) A principal’s duties and responsibilities continue to compound. Over the past five years, new school leader standards and high-stakes accountability have expanded the work scope dramatically. Often, school leaders prioritize each day based on what

Important Reminder: “Wrong” Answers Are the Ones That Deepen Learning

By Shannon Pretorius You ask your class a question, expecting a particular answer. You planned for that answer, but the students’ responses are completely different from what you anticipated. What do you do? Too many times, I’ve seen teachers barely acknowledge the unexpected answers and say something like, “No, that’s

What Would YOU Put Into an Assessment Smoothie?

By Susan Brookhart Some conferences review and present information for audiences that aren’t familiar with it. For example, I might go to a conference to learn more about an assessment technique that already exists. But the BEST conferences create new information. The synergy of the event takes speakers’ and participants’

Greensboro Elementary School: Finding Joy in the Journey

By Kara Bentley Images courtesy of Greensboro Elementary School Assistant Principal Todd Nichols. Follow him on Twitter here. In Greensboro, Maryland, near the eastern shore, Greensboro Elementary School shines brightly as students, instructional staff, and administrative leadership work diligently to transfer the ownership of learning to students—a feat that’s difficult

Coaching Teachers Through Implementing LSI Standards-Driven Units

By Amanda Funk Coming off our first round of working with LSI to create standards-driven units, I found myself reflecting on the entire process. We had been immersed for two days in standards, text complexity, close reading, vocabulary, text-dependent questions, etc. Then we spent three full days immersed in learning