Reforming Educational Reform

Reforming Educational Reform
Educational reform is ripe with “distractors” and in need of more “collaboration”, so says John Hattie, chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, deputy director of the Science of Learning Research Centre, and  director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne. In recent reports summarized by freelance educational writer Dian Schaffhauser, ...

Why Do I Need to Self-Reflect?

Why Do I Need to Self-Reflect?
Why do you need to self-reflect? Well, in asking that question, you’ve begun the process of self-reflecting! Congrats. You need to include self-reflection as a professional development process because 1) like your mother always said of eating the stuffed, green peppers, its good for you, and 2) its becoming a job requirement. Along with many ...

Serving Students While Suffering in Silence

Serving Students While Suffering in Silence
Teachers have to deal with other people’s problems all day long. Teachers must mediate the effects of the societal and parental exposures their students experience. The National Education Association wrote, “Mental health conditions affect one in five adults in the United States every year.” [1] Nearly 50% of U.S. teachers polled in a recent Gallop ...

How to Individualize Professional Development Offerings

How to Individualize Professional Development Offerings
As part of re-licensure requirements for the state of Minnesota, teachers must submit 125 clock hours of documented trainings.  The 125 hours must address six different areas of professional content. One of which is entitled, “Accommodation, Modification, and Adaptation of Curriculum, Materials, and Instruction”. [2] The aim of this requirement is to encourage teachers to differentiate ...

How to Motivate the Un-Motivatable

How to Motivate the Un-Motivatable
Chris made group work nearly impossible. Chris was never prepared. Didn’t participate. Talked incessantly about nothing in particular moving everyone else off-task. Chris’ choices made learning difficult for everyone. Chris’ behavior was challenging. Enter the theoretical approach of PBS – Positive Behavioral Support. “Positive behavioral support (PBS) is a broad term that describes a comprehensive, research ...

Educators need to open their eyes! 1

Yes, educators do need to open their eyes, but not for the reasons you may think. We need to open our eyes to the interesting perspectives offered by 7 TED presenters. Watch these inspiring TED Talks that link various industries to our field of education. Each of the speakers looked outside their personal sphere of influence ...

FuelEd Schools

No, that is not a type-o. That is the name of an exciting organization that, like TeacherCentricity, is dedicated to the social-emotional needs of educators. I am so excited to have found others that see things as I do! The mighty forces at FuelEd Schools believe that a teacher’s ability to build relationships with students, ...

Teacher Effectiveness is Dependent

In the world of sales, Boris Groysberg’s research supports the notion that “star talent” is not very mobile. The same may be considered in the world of teaching. Highly effective teaching methods and attitudes can be specific to a grade level or subject area. The methods a teacher uses may also be influenced by the district, school, ...

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 ...
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