Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Teaching Channel is a fabulous website for "do it yourself" professional learning. The site is cleanly designed and incredibly inviting. It features a collection of short video clips and lesson plans that teachers can use to improve their practice. Specifically, Jim Knight, renowned instructional coach, has many Talking About Teaching videos that show effective coaching sessions with teachers. Watching this content has been incredibly useful to me. Seeing the ways in which he guides discussion has led me to the following conversation: good consultants/supervisors ask good QUESTIONS instead of giving good ANSWERS. One of my favorite videos is embedded below. Enjoy.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Yes, the Common Core is coming. (If it hasn't already arrived in your school, it will very soon!) Well, now you can have the Common Core standards on your iPhone, iPad, Android device and website. Mastery Connect has recently released free apps that you can use to quickly search and reference the standards. I've embedded the app below. If you are currently exploring the Common Core, you could stick this on a teacher resource page in your district. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Last week, I read a thoughtful post by George Couros entitled "Don't Punish Everyone." In the post, he warns educators to create policies for the majority of students, not the small minority of students who will operate outside of reasonable boundaries.
In all aspects of our lives, we create rules and regulations to "protect ourselves" from the irrational behavior of others. This applies to speed limits, competency tests, and other incredibly fun parts of life.
However, if we know that these rules and regulations only exist for a small segment of the population, do we really need them all? See the video below. What do you think?