“ A millennium ago, artists and artisans formed guilds to share expertise and support one another in highly-skilled professional practice. These vibrant learning communities sustained artistry and craftsmanship through the dark ages when centers of learning were exclusive and rare. Much like these medieval guilds, professional learning communities (PLCs) provide a new dimension to professional development as educators flock around high-interest needs and topics. By definition, PLCs Form organically around immediate member needs and interests. Allow participants to self-select their roles and contributions. Offer opportunities to enrich and deepen understanding. Include collaborative inquiry in the learning process. Provide practice and risk taking in a safe, supportive climate. Grow, morph, and disband as part of a life cycle.”
Via John Evans
"Evenote, as I've posted many times, is such a versatile application that every educator is bound to find it useful. Besides the fact that you can access the application across devices, there are some additional extensions and tablet apps that make it even more useful and versatile for the school leader and classroom teacher. Check out each of these tablet apps and Chrome extensions to extend the usefulness of the application even further."
It talks about literacy in the digital age and features some great critical and web search skills students need to have.The guide is just 37 pages but is definitely worth reading. If you feel like you can't read it now then download it and read at your own leisure.
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The teaching of vocabulary has changed over the years. This infographic provides ten suggestions on how to effectively teach vocabulary as well as links to four templates and tools that you might also want to use (and all are available at no cost!). The templates and tools are:
* Top Tips for Word Walls
* Concept Circles
* Marzano's 6-Step Vocabulary Process * Alphaboxes Graphic Organizer
A great resource that works across many grade levels.
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