In this post, Martha talks about her Spanish immersion experience and how we can apply principles from her experience in an “ideal learning environment” to our own classrooms. Read Martha’s post here.
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
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
Bethany DeCent, Mounds View High School Starting up the school year is full of planning. Planning for your students, curriculum, lesson plans, assessments, etc. You name it, you’re planning it. Planning is one of my favorite things to do as an educator, and especially as an English teacher. Getting together with colleagues to talk about … More Getting Smarter About SMART Goals
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!
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
We are awesome at over-complicating things. (Teachers, I mean.) For example, take any lesson in which we need our students to read something. We have two objectives in any lesson where kids need to read. First, we need our kids to understand the text. Second, we need them to do something with that understanding. [continue reading…]