Creating a Learning Orientation Versus a Performance Orientation

Professional development gets its fair share of criticism- sometimes it’s because the activities and the strategies don’t connect with the teacher’s classroom or context. Sometimes it’s because it’s adding more rather than helping teachers do what they need to do in their classroom better. But to be fair, there are also times that teachers love… Read More Creating a Learning Orientation Versus a Performance Orientation

The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC

We are taking part in the Innovator’s Mindset #IMMOOC Collaborative blog challenge.  This post is co-written by Annick Rauch and Katie Martin. If we told you that blogging could be one of the most powerful tools for professional development, would you believe us? I (Katie) started blogging after a less than gentle nudge from George… Read More The Power of Blogging for Professional Development #IMMOOC

Want to know how to improve professional learning? Ask a teacher. #IMMOOC

I am taking part in the #IMMOOC “3 Blog Challenge” this week- 3 blog posts (ideally) under 200 words.  If you are interested in participating, details can be found here. I came across the #BFC530 chat yesterday and was intrigued by the perspectives and suggestions to improve professional learning.  Here are a few examples:   If… Read More Want to know how to improve professional learning? Ask a teacher. #IMMOOC

Content Does Not Change Behavior

I was recently invited to the d.School (bucket list…check) with some amazing educators and friends and we were tasked with creating a “hack”—  a quick fix for helping teachers learn and change their practice.  As we went through the Design Thinking phases of empathizing, defining, ideating, and prototyping we generated a variety of different ideas.  Our prototype was a… Read More Content Does Not Change Behavior

5 Practices that Promote Sharing and Open Classroom Doors

It’s not uncommon to have teachers who teach next to one another for years yet have never seen each other teach.  When this happens, many assumptions about what is working and what is not working get made. This culture can not only maintain some ineffective practices but prevents great practices from spreading and impacting the… Read More 5 Practices that Promote Sharing and Open Classroom Doors

Create Your Own Adventure (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice Part 5)

Teachers (like all learners) thrive when they have a clear understanding of the vision and know where they are going, yet have the autonomy to get there in a way that meets the needs of the learners in their classrooms.  A teacher’s preparation and previous experiences influence how they teach.  If you think about it, the opportunities and… Read More Create Your Own Adventure (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice Part 5)