As I think about the “busy-ness” that is a part of the teaching profession, the time and energy it takes to be well-prepared and organized for each day and the necessary professional development to stay up-to-date on current practices, it all seems next to impossible. It may be tough to get to a training session before or after school or there may be a topic of interest that has nothing available for training when it is needed or wanted.
I have come to rely heavily on my phone or device to access credible articles, information and professional reading. This generally happens while sitting in my chair in the evenings.
Below I share with you some of my favorite learning sites on both Facebook and Twitter.
Edutopia/@edutopia (Helpful ideas and great learning)
MCTM/@mctm_mn (Excellent book studies and conversations)
NEA Today/@NEAToday (General information regarding the teaching profession)
Minnesota Weather/@NovakWeather (Weather forecasting-Used a lot last winterJ)
Trauma Informed Positive Behavior Support/@ti_pbs (Insight into what some of our students are experiencing)
Fawn Nguyen/@fawnpnguyen (Excellent, insightful math teacher)
MindShift/@MindShiftKQED (Explores the future of learning)
Principal Kafele (Baruti K. Kafele)/@PrincipalKafele (School leadership thoughts and ideas)
Danny Steele/@SteeleThoughts (Culture, leadership, education thoughts)
WeAreTeachers/@WeAreTeachers (Ideas, inspiration and support for educators)
Share ideas that you learn and sites that you find with your colleagues. There is a lot of wonderful learning at our fingertips.
This post brought to you by Ann Miller, K-8 Math Specialist
One of my favorite parts of back to school week is always hearing about the learning people did over the summer. I was fortunate to be able to facilitate the Science Edcamp and there was lots of interest in the topic of grading for learning. Invariably teachers were most interested to learn from their colleagues about things they had tried. As a district, we have decided that this year should be a learning year for our grading for learning principles and that they will be fully implemented next school year.
Consider how you might best use this learning year to be ready for next year’s implementation:
As you plan how to use this learning year consider how you hope your students respond when given a challenge in your classroom. Ask questions, collaborate, and engage in deep thinking about how these changes could improve learning for your students.
This post brought to you by Heather Willman, POSA overseeing Secondary Curriculum, Instructional Coaching, & Staff Development
We are in the midst of the crazy race to the finish of the year. Managing report cards, creating engaging lessons, planning field trips, end of year activities...the list could go on and on.
Yet, no matter what, in a few short weeks, many of us will begin our summer break.
As the school year comes to a close, it is the time of year in the cycle of teaching when we begin to reflect on the past year and make summer plans. One might think these are two separate tasks, yet often times these go hand in hand. Our chosen profession is relatively unique in that many of us have an end, a break, and then a new opportunity for a fresh start every year.
Below you will find a few articles that might help you embrace these three stages:
Hopefully, these resources will help you finish the school year strong, dive into summer, and start fresh again in the fall.
This post brought to you by Ann Miller, K-8 Math Specialist, along with
Heather Lyke and Jen Coenen, Secondary Implementation Associates
As the school year draws to a close I am hearing many conversations about continued summer learning. Some people are planning to attend conferences, others are planning to keep learning by traveling, and still others are collecting titles for podcasts and other articles they want to read. Another popular topic has been doing some additional reading and learning about grading for learning. Here are seven ideas for growing your grading for learning mindset:
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