Monthly Archives: October 2011

ASCD Express 7.02 – Structuring Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind

ASCD Express 7.02 – Structuring Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind. Lesson planning is critical for student learning because it forces a teacher to be clear about their own expectations. When I was a teacher, thoughtful lesson planning was good for me because I forced me to ask myself, “What do I really want my kids to know and/or be able to do? Do my activities really align to the goals and standards? How will I know that they leaned what I wanted them to learn? ” This takes time and effort but it needn’t be arduous and it is always beneficial.

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Digital “badges” proposed as alternative way to assess skills | EdSource Extra!

Digital “badges” proposed as alternative way to assess skills | EdSource Extra!.

I very much like this idea. It seems as if it is very much in its infancy. Hopefully this will be developed quickly.

HechingerEd Blog | Studies point to principal training as ‘cost-effective’ reform

HechingerEd Blog | Studies point to principal training as ‘cost-effective’ reform.

By training principals in effective practices entire schools can be supported. This is not to say that teachers and other personnel do not need support. Increasing student achievement requires distributed leadership.

Response: Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo – Education Week Teacher

Response: Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo – Education Week Teacher.

Classroom management needs to include positive and negative consequences as well as clear set of expectations.

Six Reasons Why You Cannot Be A Bad Teacher | Burcu Akyol’s Blog

Six Reasons Why You Cannot Be A Bad Teacher | Burcu Akyol’s Blog.

I have had the opportunity to evaluate teachers and be part of hiring committees and I always look for people who are willing to learn.

ASCD Express 7.01 – Coaching: The New Leadership Skill

ASCD Express 7.01 – Coaching: The New Leadership Skill.

Coaching can be a valuable tool in helping support effective teaching. Done properly, it can support teachers in analyzing in their own practice and implement effective strategies to improve student achievement.

After-School Research Continues to Show Impact – Beyond School – Education Week

 

After-School Research Continues to Show Impact – Beyond School – Education Week.

I’m starting to think that the core steps that I researched regarding high performing schools are core steps to any successful venture: 1) know your data 2) include all levels in decision making 3) have clear goals.

Collaboration

Does your school have the conditions for collaboration?
Mutual goals
Parity
Shared responsibility
Resource sharing
Voluntary

For more information on collaboration, take a look at the Sept 2010 Kappan magazine