Educator Insights

What Does Instructional Leadership Look Like? – Education Article

How much material should instructional leadership provide? The final question is how much material to provide. The answer is all of it… though you need not actually mandate any of it. An incoming teacher needs support in the first year, and it’s neither fair nor desirable to expect a teacher to make up an entire program as the year goes along, within the confines of the philosophy and overall arc of a program they don’t yet fully grasp. In other…

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Teachers Teaching Teachers Tech (T4): Technology Integration is a Mindset, Not a Skillset – Education Article

By Wagner Pierre Dalian American International School From many years as a teacher, I found cooperative learning and collaboration to be the best teaching and learning strategies, because it combines the intellectual and socio-emotional benefits as students work together towards a common agenda and learn how to work with other people. The same is true for teachers. I believe it is awesome when classroom teachers are teaching each other (peer coaching) about how to integrate technology, since they can share…

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Obsessed with Fantasy Football – Education Article

By Scott Habeeb Salem High School I have to confess something: I care way too much about Fantasy Football. Throughout the fall, I’m constantly checking my Yahoo Fantasy app, plotting my next waiver wire strategy, or looking online for updates about player injuries. I am addicted to Fantasy Football. This year I was the champion of my Fantasy Football league. Actually, that’s an understatement. I smashed the competition! Players in our league can win in 3 categories: Regular Season Champ:…

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How Technology and Teacher Websites in Language Classrooms Can Increase Engagement and Access – Education Article

By Xiao “Wendy” Liu, Tower Hill School Digital Age and Learning We are now in the Digital Age, which continues to evolve and grow at a dizzying pace, with new tools and online resources to support language learning and teaching. Language skills can be acquired and practiced in the most authentic way via technology. Computer use and the online world have had a tremendous impact on language learning, providing students with instantaneous access to authentic materials and native-speaking language partners.…

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Teaching with Urgency – Education Article

Types of Communication—Be truthful, but know what your individual students can handle. Communicating truthfully with students is a key facet of teaching with urgency. I have found there are several ways in which teachers (perhaps unknowingly) communicate with students. The most significant part of teaching with urgency is conveying to the students that they are not on their own in your class. Verbal CommunicationI have found that communication with students should be clear and direct. It surprises me how they…

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Strategies for Embedding Formative Assessment – Education Article

True formative assessment is messy. It’s not a quiz or a mini summative assessment. It is a “constantly occurring process, a verb, a series of events in action, not a single tool or a static noun” (NCTE Executive Board, 2013). Providing feedback that fortifies is extremely rewarding because “as teachers are seeking information about how students are learning, students are also engaging in self-reflection about their reading, writing, and thinking processes” (Ryan, 2014). Below are some strategies for embedding formative…

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STEAM UP Your Curriculum – Education Article

Defining STEAM and Developing the Philosophy STEAM in the district is not about adding additional lessons or activities to the already full curriculum. STEAM is about creating authentic problem solving experiences focused on an authentic audience that require research. Thus, they are not additional activities but a redesigned curriculum focused on problems that have been aligned to the PA Core Standards with a larger purpose for students to be able to productively and meaningfully become socially empowered. Along with the…

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The Relational Bank Account – Education Article

Sara Mangat is the manager of training and operations for the Center for Supportive Relationships, on-site in Upper Darby, PA. In addition to working with teachers in the classroom to develop positive relationships with their students through real-time relational coaching, she leads the relational coach training program in the Upper Darby School District. Sara received her MA in Communication from the University of Washington and BA in English from Vassar College. Her passion for the power of relationships in education began while teaching…

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Be a Concept-based Curriculum Hacker – Education Article

By Sarah Plews, Senior Education Leader CLIP – Oporto International School Hack into concept-based curriculum. Collaborate with a team and have a go. Maybe you are wondering what exactly it means to “hack into curriculum.” And the buzz around concept-based curriculum. Here are some of the reasons we do both at Oporto International School. Design learning experiences so that your students use their minds, ask questions, think critically, apply their thinking and solve problems. Watch the light bulbs go on…

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Open a New World of Learning – Education Article

The Big Sell: A New World of Learning My personal favorite feature of using stories in STEAM are the multi-disciplinary projects that can come out of them. Using curriculum outcomes, ICT, and strategies such as, Play Worlds (Fleer, 2011), stories can open up a world of learning and incorporate most, sometimes all, STEAM subjects simultaneously. The children will often not even know that they are learning these skills and concepts unless the outcomes are explained to them. Because children love…

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What is concept-based curriculum anyways? – Education Article

By Marie-Theres Whitehead International School Ho Chi Minh City You’ve probably heard it too. One of the most persistent buzzwords in curriculum development: Concept-Based Curriculum. What is it exactly and why is it such a buzzword? The idea for Concept-Based Curriculum rose when H. Lynn Erickson (and later Lois Lanning) recognized the necessity to change mainstream instruction — simply learning facts for the purpose of regurgitating them in assessment situations. The question that they asked was very clear: How can…

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Proofreading for English Language Acquisition Students: Why It Matters – Education Article

The Process in Practice How this looks in the classroom will obviously vary and may be adjusted for work done on paper or google docs, as is common in 1:1 laptop schools. The highlighting could take the form of using different colours, circling or underlining for example. Stage 4 could take place inside the classroom or literally outside it depending on the desired noise levels. The Power of Investing Time Limited contact time or curriculum demands may lead teachers to…

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How to Scale Instructional Planning, Perspective from a History Classroom – Education Article

By Benjamin Heckscher, History Department Head Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye American Section For most of my career, I was content to take the general topics in my history curriculum that I was to teach and to just move through them in order, trying to get it all in before the end of the year. A few issues came up that made me reconsider my instructional planning. First: when simply running through the material, you tend to leave one subject unfinished and…

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Practices to Maximize Student Learning – Education Article

By Lynne West, Founder Sunodia Educational Consulting and Former Teacher It is almost the end of the period and the bell will ring in 2 minutes. What are your students doing at this precise moment?  They may be packing up their materials and migrating towards the door.  Or perhaps they are intently listening to you as you try to squeeze in a couple more important points. It could be that they are working in groups or pairs to finish an activity. …

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Learning for the New Year: Top 10 Blogs in 2018 – Education Article

As we begin to look forward to 2019, let us not forget to reflect on this past year. What did you learn and how did you grow?  Teachers and leaders across the world contribute annually to our blog, sharing best practices, thought-provoking insights, and innovative solutions. To wrap up 2018, we’ve gathered our top 10 most popular blogs from this last year. Maybe some inspired you with a new idea, maybe you wrote one, or maybe they are a last-minute…

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Writing Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum with UbD – Education Article

Dr. Elizabeth Clarkson began her career in North Carolina, which she still considers her home. After earning a B.A. in birth-kindergarten education at Appalachian State University, she started her first teaching position as a PreK teacher with North Carolina Public Schools and was named the 2004 Teacher of the Year for her school. With an interest in young children and international education, Elizabeth completed a short study program in Reggio Emilia, Italy and completed her M.A. in Educational Psychology in Colorado.  Elizabeth served as an Early Reading First Literacy Coach for United Way…

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