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Monday, December 24, 2012

A great read - that helps teachers reflect on their own practices and how they impact sutdents who learn differently than they do!! courtesy of SmartBrief.

How does teacher learning affect instruction?
The way a teacher learns affects how he or she instructs students, but teachers can learn to adapt their style to better meet students' needs, writes Geralyn Schmidt, an educator in Harrisburg, Pa. In this blog post, Schmidt lists eight factors that influence teacher learning -- from life experiences to knowledge and skills -- that can, in turn, affect their teaching style. "In a nutshell, today's teacher needs to be able to learn continuously from their students as they present the curriculum," she writes. Powerful Learning Practice (12/20)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A great article on making connections between seemingly un-related items. c'ourtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

When English meets science lessons
Lessons in English and science can go hand in hand through the genre of "lab lit," offer the writers of this blog post. In one suggested exercise, students would discuss recent science topics and determine how they might be used as the basis for a novel or movie. In another exercise, students examine the novel "Frankenstein," which is cited in an accompanying article as probably one of the earliest examples of "lab lit," and the authors also suggest studying scientists' blogs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (12/5)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Coaching, not assessments, builds great teachers - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

Meta-cognition works for teachers as well!

Developing teachers requires coaching on specific concrete actions that will improve results, writes author and school administrator Paul Bambrick-Santoyo. He gives examples of how practicing skills helps teachers in the classroom. "Conventional teacher feedback and evaluation is based on a flawed assumption: that accurate measurement of teaching is the central goal of teacher evaluation," Bambrick-Santoyo writes. Educational Leadership