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What Teachers Really Want

What Teachers Really Want | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
If teachers are to transition to the kind of blended learning that has been found to work best for today’s kids, we need trust, time, and trained mentors to work out what what we need to do.
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I love this post!  Honest and forthright........

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:07 PM

It is an honest, forthright article. I read an article recently about trust and worked with the author who demonstrated little trustworthiness in his leadership, if that is what it could be called. Trust is the glue in a learning organization. Without it we have the same old, same old.

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Fostering learning communities among teachers

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What is TALIS?
TALIS is the first international survey examining teaching and learning environments in schools. It asks teachers and
school principals about their work, their schools and their classrooms. This cross‑country analysis helps countries identify
others facing similar challenges and learn about their policies.
TALIS 2008 focused on lower secondary education teachers and their principals. It sampled 200 schools in each of
24 countries and 20 teachers in each school. TALIS 2013 is currently being conducted in 33 countries.
The information in this brief comes largely from the 2012 report Teaching Practices and Pedagogical Innovation: Evidence from
TALIS. More information available at www.oecd.org/talis.

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Evolving from professional development to professional learning | EdSource Today

Evolving from professional development to professional learning | EdSource Today | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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One shot deals are not effective...........

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Teachers' Data Use Becoming PD Emphasis - Education Week News (blog)

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Teachers' Data Use Becoming PD Emphasis
Education Week News (blog)
... their preparation programs, citing a National Council on Teacher Quality study.
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Imagaine that......USING the data to drive instruction!

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How a Road Trip Can Be The Best Professional Development - Instructional Tech Talk

How a Road Trip Can Be The Best Professional Development - Instructional Tech Talk | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Discussion, Articles, and Podcasts about Instructional Technology (RT @InstTechTalk: How a Road Trip Can Be The Best Professional Development http://t.co/Qv43hLebD8 #edtech #edchat)...
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Get on the road and learn along the way!

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A Great Graphic Featuring The 12 Principles of Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Graphic Featuring The 12 Principles of Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it

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While written for business, the principles are worth looking into when it comes to working /learning with peers.  

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“People do not fail in life because they aim too high and miss…”

“People do not fail in life because they aim too high and miss…” | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by http://heretakis.com A superintendent was in one of my workshops with his administration team, and he raised his hand and said the following: A lot of what you are talking about and sharing is great, but...
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Great thinking.  Indeed, we spend a lot of time defending why we can't instead of looking for ways we "can".  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:41 PM

What we see as leaders are often managers. Others are finding a way to convince the world that cliches answer the bell.

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The Answer Sheet - Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)

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Nice article by Larry Ferlazzo regarding the use of videotaping for teachers. Good feedback from students is also essential.  Love the tips in this article!  

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Adult Learning Theory and Principles

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Wait! School Leaders Need Professional Development Too?

Wait! School Leaders Need Professional Development Too? | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Professional development isn't about wallowing in our own self-pity, it's about establishing and fostering real learning opportunities.
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yes!  We spend WAY too much time creating to-do lists and making sure tasks get done.  We spend too little time thinking about BIGGER things.  We need to FLIP our priorities!  

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Six Activities to Support the Professional Development of Faculty and Staff > Eye On Education

Six Activities to Support the Professional Development of Faculty and Staff > Eye On Education | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
In Building a Culture of Support: Strategies for School Leaders, PJ Caposey shares insightful advice and meaningful examples for building a healthy ...
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OECD educationtoday: Learning to Teach: Teaching to Learn

OECD educationtoday: Learning to Teach: Teaching to Learn | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Professional learning needs to happen IN the school!

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20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective - Edudemic

20 Ways To Make Professional Development More Effective - Edudemic | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Administrators often ask how to best utilize their staff meeting time to promote best instructional practices and improve professional development.
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Love this.  FULL of great ideas!

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Learning Forward Report Urges State Leaders To "Seize the Moment," Establish Coherent State Professional Learning Systems for Common Core

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- State education leaders should take the lead in efforts to create...
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Without a plan, the "plan" will fail.  

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Changes coming to teachers' PD time | Progress Bulletin

Changes coming to teachers' PD time | Progress Bulletin | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
COUNTY — Big changes are looming to the way South Shore teachers receive...
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Getting creative in order the "find time" for collaboration is vital.

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Profession(al) Development

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The teaching profession as we know it is changing. It is time to redefine the way we think about developing the profession itself. Margaret Roth and Shelly Blake-Plock describe a new culture of tea...

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It does feel unsustainable........

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 4, 2013 8:35 AM

It has been unsustainable for some time.

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Opening Our Classroom Doors » a blog about job-embedded professional learning

Opening Our Classroom Doors » a blog about job-embedded professional learning | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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A wonderful new blog by Lauren Childs at Oakland Schools:  

 

"A definition of serendipity is the gift of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it; a happy accident. A definition of opportunity is the favorable juncture of circumstances; a chance for advancement or progress.

The stories told here have roots in the summer of 2008 when serendipity crossed with opportunity and met up with great courage. I happened to be present to a small group of teachers from Auburn Elementary of Avondale Schools as they recounted an insight, 2nd grade teacher, Linda Maniago, received quite unexpectedly, while having dinner in a local restaurant. Just weeks earlier, Linda listened in on a conversation at her table among teachers from Rochester, a neighboring school district, valuing their experiences of observing one another’s classroom teaching. She brought the eavesdropped account home to her colleague, 1st grade teacher, Marcia Hudson, with a tremendous sense of possibility. The Auburn teachers looked to one another with confident wondering, “Well, we could do that; let’s try that!” And, so they did."

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Why It's Time To Take Ownership Of Your PLN - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Take Ownership Of Your PLN - Edudemic | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
I know the old saying can be true, teachers make the worst students. But it's time to take ownership of your PLN and here's why.
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Your own PL is right at your fingertips!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:15 AM

This article used a lot of catch phrases, but might have some depth.

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A Principal's Reflections: Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections: Autonomy Breeds Change | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Autonomy DOES breed change.  

 

I love how Eric structured this entire endeavor. I can only believe it effectively engaged all of his staff.  Change doesn't come easy, but Eric shows how leaders can, in fact, make it happen.  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 10, 2013 7:04 PM

We do need autonomy for teachers and it takes courage for a principal to just let teachers go. Few have it and it is inspiring to read this post.

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The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading

The Neuroscience At The Heart Of Learning And Leading | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Joshua Freedman (@eqjosh) shares the science behind what's going on inside your head. Emotional intelligence, he says, is the difference that makes the difference.

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'One of the central challenges in learning and leading is the ability for people to connect, to collaborate, and to find the common ground needed to work out the intense polarizations that lead to so many of the terrible headlines we see. While humans have a fierce independence, we are actually social animals, and mirror neurons are evidence of this interdependence.'


Bottom line:  "In short, when we work with human nature, and we take care of basic emotional needs, people perform better. Thus it’s a “no brainer” that we learn more about the brain and how to use this cutting edge science to inform the way we lead and live."

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5 Ways To Make Professional Development More Interesting - Edudemic

5 Ways To Make Professional Development More Interesting - Edudemic | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Here we have five useful suggestions for making professional development more interesting and engaging.
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23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) : Teacher Reboot Camp

23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) : Teacher Reboot Camp | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it

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Lots of goodies re: PLNs

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