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Teacher Evaluation: Dogs, Ponies, and Data - Riverside OnDemand Training

Teacher Evaluation: Dogs, Ponies, and Data - Riverside OnDemand Training | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Hypocrisy anyone?


I’ve had this overwhelming feeling lately that educators are being incredibly hypocritical about teacher evaluations (for a look at what I’m considering a teacher evaluation, view a sample rubric here). With our students, we strive to provide (as Hattie coined) “dollops of feedback” as a means to help students realize where they are in relation to learning targets. This feedback helps students determine what areas they’ve mastered, while helping them focus on topics that need to improve. Why don’t we do this with teacher evaluation?

 

Historically, education has set the stage for a dog and pony show, much like the one Stephanie Wrobleski describes in her blog here.  In her post, Wrobleski points out that during the course of a school year she’ll be teaching for 3,600 hours, while being judged on two of them; one in the fall and one in the spring. She goes on to say that she’s vying for the part of “Highly Effective Teacher” in the production that will be her evaluation. Stephanie’s blog entry epitomizes our culture of evaluation; once in the fall, once in the spring, 45 minutes, aaaaaaand we’re done!

 

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Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. To be successful in the 21st Century students need to be engaged in learning classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on student outcomes and classroom practices that strengthen and deepen not only students’ content knowledge but their overall ability to think deeply, communicate, analyze, problem solve, and take responsibility for their learning. - <a href="http://www.TeachnKidsLearn.com" rel="nofollow">www.TeachnKidsLearn.com</a>
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Teach n' Kids Learn YouTube Educator Services Channel Surpasses 290,000 views! ~ #Education

Teach n' Kids Learn YouTube Educator Services Channel Surpasses 290,000 views! ~ #Education | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
ANNOUNCEMENT - Teach n' Kids Learn YouTube Educator Services Channel Surpasses 290,000 views! TKL has more than 1000 hours of comprehensive content available for teachers.

Our growing library of courses and videos covers critical topics for educators such as, Increasing Mathematics Rigor, Helping Struggling Readers, Identifying and Challenging Gifted Students, Anti-Bullying and Classroom Management Strategies, Academic Achievement for English Language Learners (ELL), Creating a Blended Learning environment, Supporting the Danielson Framework, Engaging the 21st Century Student Learner, and more.
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Emerging EdTech Trends to Implement Today

Emerging EdTech Trends to Implement Today | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
With so many new technologies emerging all the time, where should you start? Here are four great trends to adopt and implement in your classes.
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Competence and Trust, Part II-A Guest Post From Dan Cotton - Teach Like a Champion

Competence and Trust, Part II-A Guest Post From Dan Cotton - Teach Like a Champion | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
This is the second of three posts by my colleague Dan Cotton that’s based on a series of conversations we’ve had about the nature of relationships in the classroom.  The first post appears here.   Dan writes: Consider this brief moment from outstanding high school English teacher Beth Verrilli’s classroom: Her students are reading Macbeth
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How Jamila Davis uses nonverbals during teaching, transitions, and discussion (Video) - Teach Like a Champion

How Jamila Davis uses nonverbals during teaching, transitions, and discussion (Video) - Teach Like a Champion | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
During our team’s most recent weekly video meeting, we watched an outstanding clip of Jamila Davis from Troy Prep Elementary School executing nonverbal interventions with warmth, positivity, and finesse. We were so excited about the clip that we instantly added it to our video lineup for our August workshops. Watching it even made Doug d
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NEW Course Offering - Engage Your Students With Project-Based Learning (PBL) from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services

NEW Course Offering - Engage Your Students With Project-Based Learning (PBL) from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Teachers will learn how to create a student-centered environment which fosters student independence and collaboration within the classroom to deepen critical thinking and problem solving.


Participants will use both formative and summative assessment to determine the depth of student learning. They will help student reach higher levels of performance through focused self-analysis and feedback, peer feedback and teacher feedback.


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Why Video Is Essential for All Educators in the Teacher-Feedback Process

Why Video Is Essential for All Educators in the Teacher-Feedback Process | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
As we've engaged in the important work of building more effective support systems for teachers, video continues to show promise as a method of getting support closer to classroom practice while also offering opportunities to support the growth of those who observe and coach teachers.
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The Case for Starting Schools Later | Edudemic

The Case for Starting Schools Later | Edudemic | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Early start times may work well with parental and after-school schedules, there's significant evidence that these start times are detrimental to students.
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NEW Course - Academic Discourse at the Secondary Level (Grades 6-12) from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services

NEW Course - Academic Discourse at the Secondary Level (Grades 6-12) from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Throughout the course, participants will learn strategies for increasing student interaction, as well as increasing the quality of student interactions to be sure that they focus on content, utilizing the language of the content areas. Vocabulary instruction as well as other key aspects of academic language instruction will be integrated into instruction. Participants will build lesson plans that show more formal, academic language and vocabulary use based on the course of study.


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19 Great Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

19 Great Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Besides posters and infographics timelines are great learning tools to help students visualize their learning and enhance their overall comprehensibility. Timelines can be incorporated almost in any subject area and can be used to teach a wide variety of topics from historical events to bibliographical information. Web technologies have immensely facilitated the process of creating a timeline and anyone can quickly design an interactive timeline in few steps. The chart below features a collection of some of the best timeline creation tools to use with students in class.
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A New Great Communication Tool for Teachers and Parents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Great Communication Tool for Teachers and Parents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
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15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016

15 Tech Tool Favorites From ISTE 2016 | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

A Google certified educator and ed-tech trainer shares some her favorite tech tool gems both inside the Google suite and beyond.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference brings together a huge cross section of educators who share a common belief that technology in the classroom can make learning more relevant, engaging and fun for kids. Among the 20,000 or so conference-goers are ed-tech evangelists, teachers new to technology, passionate makers and many others. Educators at the conference are looking for new ideas and tools to bring back to their districts and classrooms.

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What is new in education technology ideas? Find out what was hot in ISTE 2016.
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6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Classroom - #Education

6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Classroom - #Education | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Classroom by TeachThought Staff Google Classroom has become one of the most popular trends in edtech. With its inherent ability to help teachers organize classrooms, [...]
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26 Signs You're A Teacher On Summer Break #Education

26 Signs You're A Teacher On Summer Break #Education | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Let's be honest, if you're a teacher on summer break, you don't really need a reminder that you're on summer break
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NATL - Increasing Student Engagement Planning Outside the Box from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services

NATL - Increasing Student Engagement Planning Outside the Box from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it


What does deep engagement look like, how can I increase the level of student engagement within my classroom, and, most of all, meaningful to students. This course has been to also assist in the implementation of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.


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Teacher Play - 6 Apps to Explore This Summer

Teacher Play - 6 Apps to Explore This Summer | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Devoting a few rainy or sunny afternoons to "teacher play" can pay off big in the fall. Here are six apps and tools that I'll be playing with this summer.
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Competence and Trust, Part 1-A Guest Post from Dan Cotton - Teach Like a Champion

Competence and Trust, Part 1-A Guest Post from Dan Cotton - Teach Like a Champion | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
My colleague Dan Cotton and I have been talking on and off for much of this year about relationships and classrooms- both the importance of relationships but also some of the more surprising aspects.  Dan’s written a series of thoughtful reflections that I’m going to post–and respond to–over the coming days. Here’s his first: Trus
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How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways To Encourage It - InformED

How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways To Encourage It - InformED | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Peer teaching is not a new concept. It can be traced back to Aristotle’s use of archons, or student leaders, and to the letters of Seneca the Younger. It was first organized as a theory by Scotsman Andrew Bell in 1795, and later implemented into French and English schools in the 19th century. Over the... Read More
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What's Your Memory Style? 5 Ways to Accommodate the Way Your Brain Works - InformED

What's Your Memory Style? 5 Ways to Accommodate the Way Your Brain Works - InformED | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Not all memory is created equal. While some of us have detailed, context-dependent accounts of when and where we learned something, others seem to have a reserve of facts in their brain that they can pull from, independent of the original context in which they learned the information. Why does memory differ from person to... Read More
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Three Perspectives to Invigorate Your Teaching

Three Perspectives to Invigorate Your Teaching | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Let’s face it, most faculty were good students and always did well in school. For students, having a professor who is adept at learning can be inspiring. But what if academic work comes so naturally to faculty that they have trouble relating to the average student?

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Free Technology for Teachers: 15 Tools for Teaching History With Technology - A Handout

Free Technology for Teachers: 15 Tools for Teaching History With Technology - A Handout | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
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Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Here is a short visual we created for teachers explaining the core notions behind the concept of Blended Learning. We have also included a collection of what we believe are some essential web tools for classrooms that adopt a blended learning model of instruction. You can share, print and use the visual the way you want as long as you credit us as the source.
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Teaching Math With Rigor - Ratios and Proportional Relationships #Education

Making Connections in Math


Making Connections in Math While it is important for teachers to make connections explicit to students, it is equally important for students to be able to make those connections themselves throughout the course of their work. “Helping students learn to make connections between various forms of mathematical knowledge, as well as between mathematics and real-life experience, is increasingly recognized as integral to effective mathematics teaching and learning.


Focusing on Common Core Standards 6.RP.1, 6.RP.2, 6.RP.3 - Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems. Produced by Teach n' Kids Learn Educational Services Group Website: www.TeachnKidsLearn.com

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NATL - 21st Century Learning and the 4Cs from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services

NATL - 21st Century Learning and the 4Cs from Teach n' Kids Learn Inc. (TKL) - Online Education Services | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

This online self paced course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate 21st Century skills, and more specifically Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity & Innovation into classroom units and lessons.


Participants will learn of the research base and innovations in each area, including, but not limited to, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Costa’s Levels of Questioning, using sentence starters, frames, and signal words in communication, explicitly teaching speaking and listening skills in addition to reading and writing, incorporating technology in the classroom, project based learning, and more.


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How to Enable Automatic Grading in Google Forms

How to Enable Automatic Grading in Google Forms. Read a comparison of Google Forms' auto-grading to auto-grading with Flubaro
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Envisioning Future Education: 6 Exciting Predictions

Envisioning Future Education: 6 Exciting Predictions | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Have a look at these 6 intriguing scenarios for future education, from the minds of some of the greatest educators in the world.
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