Maths teacher and 'Learning Innovator' Shane Borrett, has led a group of 3 maths teachers through a cycle of lesson study. His account of this process follows. The Japanese have one of the best education systems in the ...
In my last blog posting, I argued that Myers-Briggs Type Indicator results do not determine how well people can perform as facilitators – MBTI measures preferences, not skills. As facilitators however, we can benefit from being ...
Assessments themselves have been vilified, when, in fact, it’s why assessments are given and how the data is used that is really the issue
Assessments are the giant panda sitting in the middle of your PLC team meetings. This article and corresponding infographic will help you and your team navigate the type of assessment you should use aligned to your learning targets and ultimately your team's SMART goal(s).
Goal setting is the key to successfully implementing any plan. In this example, the author shares her insights on how setting a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely goal helps her with her achieve her running goals. Have you revisited your SMART goal for your PLC this quarter? How did you do?
Professional Learning Communities develop SMART goals to drive their team's learning. How does this translate into the classroom? Learning targets translates the objectives the adult (teacher) needs to meet into digestible and attainable bites for children. Learning targets guide lesson planning, formative assessments, and classroom observations. Read this article for more information about this process and how your team could use the concept to drive transformative change. Learning targets are reviewed every year and a half by each team for validity and reliability. How has your team used learning targets aligned to the PLC SMART Goal to drive your instruction?
One might expect bandwidth, data privacy and device rollouts to dominate discussions at this year’s Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) conference, where over 900 chief technology officers (CTO) and other administrators gathered.But the...
The ground is shifting in the K12 educational stratosphere with Michael Fullan, the keynote speaker for Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), opens the session with a call to shift the focus from all things digital to making the focus all things pedagogical. Having the digital toys means nothing if the educator using them does not have a firm grasp on the pedagogy behind why they are using it. Less is more...
Every company faces a learning dilemma: the smartest people find it the hardest to learn.
I loved the connection between defensive learning and the downward spiral of results for the adult learner. The correlation between coaching adults to use more productive learning techniques as they learn is a tremendous challenge to overcome.
Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in...
Since the other topic I love to explore in this blog is training and facilitation skills, tips and tricks, I thought it was fitting to devote the second “summer break” edition to that very topic. Whether you are a novice trainer or a master ...
What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.
As we reflect on our work for this year, how have we incorporated a sense of purpose into what we do? In our haste to complete tasks and to do more with fewer employees, we often overlook this...
For 25 years, Nancie Atwell has run a small, independent K-8 school in Maine, where the goal is not just teaching young students, but also teachers.
Excellence in teaching is not an obscure or unfathomable feat. It's a combination of integrity, a willingness to tailor instruction to each child you teach, an inherent curiosity, and, in the words of Nancie Atwell, giving students' choice in what they want to learn. In this PBS interview, we get a glimpse into Atwell's school, The Center for Teaching and Learning as well as hear from her about her philosophy about the educational field.
The Adult Learning Theory Infographic explores Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Theory, the Assumptions of Adult Learners and Andragogy Principles.
Malcolm Knowles is the grandfather of Adult Learning Theory. When working with adults, it is a good idea to review how adults learn and what motivates them. This is a great tool to share at your next professional development session.
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
The author highlights how reflection can be used as an embedded part of a child's learning. Sometimes as a reflective loop to coax children to dive deeper into how they learn and at other times as a mechanism for future applications of the learning.
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