Teacher preparation programs have been the object of much criticism lately. Elizabeth Hinde, Director of Teacher Preparation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, points out that not all teacher prep programs deserve such criticism, and many have transformed the way they prepare teachers.
Peer observation doesn't always work well because teachers do not want to provide critical feedback, but given a supportive school leader, and a focus on professional growth, peer observation could offer enormous benefits.
School communities are worth their weight in gold...I know mine is.
Professional development sessions leave many educators wondering what they are supposed to learn. Maybe the answer is in running?
Instead of focusing on politics and negativity, State Education Departments could be a model for educators by providing effective professional development, resources, and professional publications that help unite instead of divide.
In today's guest blog by Kelley King and Ralph Fletcher, they ask what the Common Core means for boys, and they offer some positive answers.
When we use the word accountability, we do not mean it in a positive sense. Accountability is used to describe how we, as educators, are not doing our jobs. There is a better way to move forward.
The state of Washington recently lost their NCLB waiver from the federal education department. Jo Moccia, a school superintendent writes why the state should be celebrated and not punished for their teacher evaluation system.
How much time are you willing to spend to foster relationships with your students?
For many years educators were under the false notion that there were learning styles, and recent research from Howard Gardner, John Hattie and Gregory Yates shows there isn't such thing as a learning style.