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5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 fresh ways to keep professional development engaging | eSchool News | eSchool News | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Joe Dixon, chief learning officer at Teq, shares 5 innovative ways to make professional development interactive.
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Five principles of engaging PD for teachers that feature "ongoing collaboration and communication among educators, community members, caregivers, and students. The most meaningful PD is continuous, on-demand, and social, while providing for unique classroom situations, individual teaching styles and various comfort levels with technology and new techniques."

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PD not only needs to be "continuous, on-demand, and social" but it needs to be tailored to the needs of the teacher within the context of the classroom and the school. PD should be focused on helping teachers within the context of their classrooms and focus on the learning needs of the students. There are many ways to do this but it needs to start where the teacher is at the moment and then proceed forward with support and assistance in any number of forms. The social context is important to provide teachers with a PLN that can provide multiple levels of support. "There is no magic bullet!" but there are many options for assisting teachers and supporting student learning. 

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Classroom Management: What’s the Answer? | Professional Growth and Innovation

Classroom Management: What’s the Answer? | Professional Growth and Innovation | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
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The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons multisensory, we can make learning easier for our students.
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Racing to the Finish Line: Growing up in a Fast-Paced World | Professional Growth and Innovation

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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Student engagement is a top priority for educators, but engagement doesn't always mean the kids are learning.
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How Transparency Can Transform School Culture

How Transparency Can Transform School Culture | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Leaders who demonstrate a continual desire to learn and connect whenever possible help set a precedence of transparency and innovation in a school's culture.
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Domain 4: Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching | Professional Growth and Innovation

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Domain 3: Educator Competencies for Personalized Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation

Domain 3: Educator Competencies for Personalized Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Welcome to the second blog series on personalized learning in Virginia Beach which highlights the work of our design fellows.  The first series explored 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning [...]...
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PGI Reads: Make Learning Personal | Professional Growth and Innovation

PGI Reads: Make Learning Personal | Professional Growth and Innovation | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it

Think back for a moment to your most profound learning experience.  What made it profound? Recently, I was at a conference with a few colleagues and I shared my experience of learning to swim at the tender age of 35 (yes noodle and all).

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Domain 2: Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching | Professional Growth and Innovation

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Welcome to the second blog series on personalized learning which highlights the work of our design fellows in Virginia Beach.  The first series explored 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning [...]...

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Domain 1:Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching | Professional Growth and Innovation

Domain 1:Educator Competencies for Personalized Teaching | Professional Growth and Innovation | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it

Welcome to the second blog series on personalized learning in Virginia Beach which highlights the work of our design fellows.  The first series explored 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment, an [...]...

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Exit Celebrating: 8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

Exit Celebrating: 8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Give your students a year-end send-off that celebrates their learning. Ideas include Top 10 lists, party-themed exams, symbolic toasts, and heartfelt letters.
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Motivation, Satisfaction, and Contribution: Building a Culture of Growth and Excellence for all Employee Groups | Professional Growth and Innovation

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Brain Break: Move & Focus

Brain Break: Move & Focus | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Need a fun classroom transition to go from lesson to lesson? The Brain Break is a good activity that allows students to move around, engage their brain and refocus for a new lesson.
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How ‘Productive Failure’ In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick

How ‘Productive Failure’ In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Building struggle into lessons can help students learn better than using direct instruction, according to research, and Singapore's education system is
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Harnessing Social Media for Professional Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation

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Testing Season - Sarah Brown Wessling

Testing Season - Sarah Brown Wessling | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
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How do we show that we value the exams and our learning culture at the same time when they feel so different?
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Seven Educational Challenges We Can All Work to Overcome

Seven Educational Challenges We Can All Work to Overcome | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Read about our spring 2014 meeting outcomes!
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Flipping about Flipped Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation

Flipping about Flipped Learning | Professional Growth and Innovation | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
In this professional learning experience, the participants were tasked with creating a how-to video to help their customers learn how to do something.
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How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track

How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
Regularly looking at student work throughout the creation process gives teachers insight into how the project is hitting home and gives students important
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Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it
As a model for reframing methods and outcomes, design thinking reconnects educators to their creativity and aspirations for helping students develop as deep thinkers and doers.  
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PGI Reads: Scaling Up Excellence | Professional Growth and Innovation

PGI Reads: Scaling Up Excellence | Professional Growth and Innovation | Professional Growth and Innovation | Scoop.it

I will admit that I don’t often read books that you can find in the business section of your local bookstore.  I buy them, I just don’t read them (past chapter 3 anyway).  But Scaling Up Excellence – Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert...

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