professional development

Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

Are You Ready for Common Core? Teachers Weigh in

| August 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

Some educators are looking forward to incorporating the new standards, encouraged by what they consider to be a higher level of rigor, but others believe big questions must be addressed before the standards are adopted.

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Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

| July 1, 2013 | 43 Comments

Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught. Acknowledging this aspect could be a missed opportunity to restructure ways teachers learn new skills and tactics.

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The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated

The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated

| June 24, 2013 | 2 Comments

A wonderful visual depiction of how educators can tap into their networks to expand and continually improve their teaching practice from a trove of rich resources. Illustrated by Langwitches, the image refers to Alec Couros’s original post exploring question, “What does the network mean to you?” [Via ETML]

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What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

| May 16, 2013 | 8 Comments

New Tech Network, which was founded 15 years ago, is taking its school-wide project-based model to national scale. The organization, which offers a paid program for schools to use its model, began with a flagship school in Napa and has grown to 120 schools in 18 states, most of which are public schools.

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MOOCs for Teachers: Coursera Offers Online Teacher Training Program

MOOCs for Teachers: Coursera Offers Online Teacher Training Program

| April 30, 2013 | 6 Comments

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have forced universities to reconsider their value in light of free high-quality education available online. Coursera, a private company founded by two Stanford professors has been at the forefront of that movement, actively courting new institutions of higher education to their portfolio and trying to monetize the effort by […]

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

| February 13, 2013 | 44 Comments

Getty Images With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning in school. A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic […]

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Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

| October 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Anne Jolly Excited and inspired about the subjects they teach, math and science educators ideally want their classrooms to dive into real-world challenges. But they’re faced with the predictable realities of the school day when designing their curriculum. Each year, students seem to lose interest as the subjects become more difficult and abstract. “And […]

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Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

| August 13, 2012 | 4 Comments

By Ben Stern, EdSurge The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next […]

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Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?

Can Twitter Replace Traditional Professional Development?

| August 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

Flickr: Rosaura Ochoa By The Hechinger Report Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), […]

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What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

What’s So Great About Schools in Finland?

| July 12, 2012 | 6 Comments

Monday’s Three Things to Unlearn About Learning elicited several comments about Finland’s school system. Here’s a recent post describing some differences between schools in the U.S. and Finland. Finland has been hailed for exemplifying the ideal model of a thriving, innovative education system that prioritizes the most important stakeholders: students. International and American media are […]

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