Giving teachers and administrators online resources in "quick bites" helps address professional learning needs without the tedium of the traditional "sit and get" training sessions. This blog post suggests online sources where districts can curate materials for educator development.
There are five key elements to building connected classrooms, Robert Dillon, director of innovation for the Affton School District in St. Louis, Mo., writes in this blog post. Elements include giving students a voice, having partnerships in the community and beyond, and tackling real-world problems.
Flipped instruction can change teaching practices dramatically, educator Ed Bates writes. In this blog post, he reveals how he implements flipped instruction. "My role as teacher can now be more of a problem solver, rather than a lecturer," he writes.
Teachers can use technology to draw out introverted students, writes Kerry Gallagher, a technology integration specialist at St. Johns Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass. In this blog post, she suggests several strategies, games, formative tools and other platforms to engage all learners.
Telepractice has become an important part of a Washington state school district's speech-language therapy program, writes Peggy Jadack, director of pupil services for the district. In this blog post, she offers several tips for launching telepractice programs.
Digital journaling can generate more meaningful responses and personalized goals, asserts fifth-grade teacher Francesca Perrone-Britt. In this blog post, she shares the positive outcomes after her school's transition to the digital format.
Prehype founding partner Henrik Werdelin argues that if you discover "an idea makes perfect sense, someone's already done it." To that end, seek out imperfect ideas that address customer pain points rather than organizational problems.
Take advantage of your emotions when making a decision, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. Try writing down the possible decisions on small pieces of paper, selecting one from a bowl and measuring your reaction, knowing that you can always go another direction.
To create an effective coaching program for educators, school leaders must create a climate where teachers are comfortable collaborating and sharing ideas, educational coach Andy Mork writes in this commentary. Administrators must also be clear about their goals for coaching and choose the right people to lead sessions, Mork advises.
Educator Jonann Ellner begins class by asking students a "would you rather" question, a strategy that she says can help engage at-risk learners in a positive way. In this blog post, Ellner highlights the strategy and shares other steps she takes to get students excited about reading.
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