Category: Teacher effectiveness

Online Demo: See how iObservation Drives Sustainable Improvement

DEMANDS AND PRESSURES ON OUR SCHOOLS ARE GROWING Evaluations have to be faster and feedback needs to be fair, meaningful and objective. Observers need to honor strengths, point out opportunities and build trust. Join evaluation expert Lee Manly as he provides an inside look at the iObservation web-based platform. Learn

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,

Lesson Planning: 6 Steps for Aligning Student Tasks With Learning Targets

By Amy Dujon, author of The Essential Flipbook for Achieving Rigor The goal of a standards-based classroom is to provide each student with an opportunity to produce evidence of the grade-level standards. This is no small feat for the teacher. First, teachers must understand the level of thinking and evidence required by

Growth Mindsets: Techniques to Help Students See What They Can Achieve

By Mike Gershon, author of How to Develop Growth Mindsets in the Classroom: The Complete Guide Some learners believe they can get better, no matter what subject they are studying. Some learners believe they have a fixed amount of ability and that this will never change. Carol Dweck characterised the difference

The Number One Factor in Student Success? Relationships With Teachers

By Jennifer Cleary, co-author of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction “Relationships teachers build with their students have the power to foster success or failure.” – Cleary, Morgan, Marzano Just Ask Students. In 1996, Mouton et al. conducted a study on students they referred to as “low-attached”—students who lacked a sense

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

Coaches and Principals Need Time to Reflect: 4 Reflection Questions for Summer

By Rita Bean and Jacy Ippolito, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets and Unpacking Coaching Mindsets The students are leaving the building; books are being put away; and you are getting ready to enjoy the summer season. Wait! Before you head on vacation, to your local university to take a few

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