Professional development is done with us, and sometimes it's done to us. When it comes to your professional development, are you content with the scenario? If so, here are a few ways to change that.


In schools we have many diverse students entering into our classrooms but the literature we read doesn't always represent those diverse students. Here are 4 ways to change that.


There are many more benefits to not labeling students than there are to labeling them. So why do we do it so much in schools?


Our students don't often feel comfortable telling us what they are thinking, and sometimes their reactions can be misunderstood. This is especially true for gifted and talented students. Here are 14 things they want their teachers to know.


Schools are sometimes like hoarders. They keep collecting stuff and don't get rid of the things they don't need.


Collaboration is quite the buzz word. Are you compelled or repelled by collaboration?


We always seem to think students need to be retained because they aren't learning important concepts, but never seem to think that students need to be accelerated because they have already mastered important concepts.


Mistakes, errors, misjudgments...whatever you want to call them are an important part of our learning. In a show called My Bad, we get the opportunity to hear form teachers and leaders about their greatest mistakes and what they learned form them.


Not every old method is bad. Not every new initiative is good. Rather than holding on to sacred cows or embracing magic bullets, we need to work together within our schools to figure out what is best for the students we teach.


We know that schools are filled with teachers and students who have a low level of self-efficacy, because they don't feel like their goals matter. One way to make them better is to have dialogue around them and write them down. We should all feel like our goals matter.


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