October 1, 2014
by Ariel Sacks
This year, nearly every teacher in America will experience hours and hours of prepared, often mandatory professional development sessions. The range will be huge—from useful to not very, from inspiring to practical, to grating or sleep inducing. Many teacher leaders are moving into roles that require them to lead professional development workshops for teachers. There is so much potential to spread expertise around our profession, but how do you create a great PD session?
September 23, 2014
by Julie Hiltz
For the past few years, teachers have been collaborating and sharing resources for how to best teach to the Common Core standards. But, how much of that information has been shared with parents…or with students themselves?
September 17, 2014
by Nancy Gardner
This isn't just about teacher salaries. We don't want to whine--whining isn't part of what teachers do. It's about honoring and respecting the hard work we do every day, for every child.
September 1, 2014
by Nancy Barile
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August 29, 2014
by Terrance Amsler
On my resume, I write that I’m proficient in Spanish. Do I have, as some would say, an embarrassing accent? Yes. Do I forget to use the subjunctive or misconjugate the presente perfecto? More often than I’d like.
Yet despite these shortcomings, I’m able to have enjoyable and successful conversations. Most of us would probably consider this ‘proficient.’
But in the world of the Common Core standards, I’d be assessed as “approaching proficiency”--or below the proficient level.
August 19, 2014
by Renee Moore
This guest blog originally appeared as a series of comments on one of the discussion threads here in the Collaboratory about teacher evaluation and effective teaching. I thought these ideas deserved broader discussion, so I invited Carl Draeger to share them here on TeachMoore.
August 15, 2014
by Cheryl Redfield
It is not often we get a chance to learn a new language that will jumpstart student learning and achievement. But educators have a chance to do just that, every day when we use our craftsmanship to deliver and facilitate classroom instruction.
August 11, 2014
by Cheryl Redfield
Salt and Watermelon? Not as uncommon together as you might think. So it is with some strategic partnerships teacher leaders can develop to create meaningful and lasting change in education. Like salt and watermelon, they just might be better...together.
August 8, 2014
by Lauren Hill
Shelly Praria taught my daughter, Sophie, in the first and third grades at Northside Elementary in Woodford County, Kentucky. Moving my daughter from her Montessori kindergarten to public school was a difficult transition for both of us, and I am grateful to Shelly for her patience and kindness. She helped my daughter develop habits of mind that she refers to frequently, even as she enters middle school this year. The joy and thoughtfulness Shelly brings to her classroom is evident when she speaks about her students and her practice.
August 7, 2014
by Justin Minkel
Imagine this: Last week, I had just finished teaching a math lesson when a stranger started shouting at me through an open window. I couldn’t figure out whether his shouted monologue was a response to the math lesson I had taught, or if he was just having a bad day. By the time I came up with a response, he had wandered off and started shouting into another window.
Blogging can often feel like the scene described. We put ourselves out there, and we sometimes get pelted with snark, rants, and fury as a result. Still, I continue to read every response to the posts I write, and I reply to many of them, for three enduring reasons. Teacher-bloggers, what's your philosophy on responding to reader comments?