What will you do to build relationships in the first week of school?

A few weeks before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, Principal Stephanie Bruggers asked staff members to respond to the following question: What will you do to build relationships in the first week of school? Here is what teachers and staff said: Learn students names and one thing they like to do outside of … More What will you do to build relationships in the first week of school?

Lunch and Learn Recap

How can teachers get meaningful professional development embedded in the school day? This question that was posed by Kaitie O’Bryan in the spring of 2016 drove her to write a grant that secured funds to begin a “Lunch and Learn” program in which teachers would learn from their colleagues about specific strategies in the classroom. … More Lunch and Learn Recap

Letting Students Choose How to Demonstrate Their Learning

As teachers we need to assess the learning of our students. This can take many forms including multiple choice tests, short answer questions, essays, projects, presentations, and labs. All of these have their strengths and weaknesses and can be effective in showing student learning and growth, but what happens when one or two of them … More Letting Students Choose How to Demonstrate Their Learning

Welcome to the Mounds View High School Professional Development Blog: 2016-2017 Edition!

As we approach the one-month mark of the 2016-17 school year, Mounds View High School finds itself in a unique place when it comes to professional learning and school improvement. We are focusing more on the refinement of current practices rather than the overhaul and implementation of whole programs. In the past four years, major … More Welcome to the Mounds View High School Professional Development Blog: 2016-2017 Edition!

Flip that sub plan

5-6 class periods, 25-35 students per class, 2-3 different preps, 5 days a week. That’s the typical schedule for an American high school teacher, and as I have noted before, it doesn’t allow much time for professional development, reflection, or even creative preparation, let alone absence. Just staying on the treadmill – keeping up with … More Flip that sub plan