Collaboration At Work

Collaboration At Work
Schools get graded. Teachers get anxious. Parents get upset. Administrators get pressured. With all the new pressures, how can teachers maintain a balance and meet expectations? Ask the teachers at two Eau Claire, Wisconsin schools and they will tell you to collaborate. A recent article outlined the problems encountered by the schools and how the ...

Why Good Teachers Quit by Kay Bisaillon, Teacher

In this article, Bisaillon paints an all-to-common portrait of an educator who consistently and effectively meets the emotional, social, and academic needs of her students, yet has few of her own needs met. Bisailon writes of her friend, “She is losing faith that she is and can make a difference.” This 20 year veteran is ...

7 Principles of Efficient Grade-Level Meetings

What about you, the teacher?

Students get all the attention. Their needs are assessed. They have curriculum designed to meet their individual needs. They get differentiated instruction from well-trained educators. They have a right to a school years’ worth of growth. So . . . , how about you, the teacher? Who pays attention to you each day? Has anyone ...

Just Being There

I ran all three miles this morning. My pace, breathing, and attention span were as inconsistent as a three-legged frog crossing a freeway. I’ve always been capable of completing three miles, physically, that is. On most occasions it’s the emotional stamina that fades, wanes, and all-together disappears. Today I finished because my wife joined me. ...

Transition by the Numbers

I’ve taught every grade from first to sixth, in 7 schools, 4 districts, 2 states and 1 U.S. territory. I have made the transition to a new grade 8 times in 19 years. I was provided specific training and support for only 1 of those moves. Because of that 1 year of professional guidance, 14 years ...

“A New Teacher How-To” Infographic

What can a teacher new to the profession or new to a school do to effectively engage with the new culture? Explore the infographic “A New Teacher How-To”, then share your comments, questions, or concerns.

A Transfer’s Perspective

This post was submitted to a Proteacher.net Discussion Board for  Primary Grades. It is an example of the anxieties that experienced teachers feel when they are placed in a new teaching environment. You can read of the assumptions the transferring teacher makes about the principal’s motivation for the new grade-level assignment. You can sense the ...

A Single Group Can Make All Things Different

How do the concepts in this video relate to achieving and maintaining grade-level team cohesion in your school? Comment below.

Induction Effectiveness?

I am interested in the impact of new employees first day/week/month on long-term effectiveness of the employee within the hiring organization. Can effective induction be correlated to the bottom-line in for-profit environments? How does the induction process influence the retention of employees in non-profit institutions? Does it have any influence on improved or decreased levels ...
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