Teachers reap the most professional growth benefit from the simple act of thinking about what, why, and how you do your jobs. Over the summer, you may have time to reflect, refresh, and recharge for the coming year. Take your pick of the plentiful tips and get recharged for next year with this selection of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource®.
Teaching with a Sense of Purpose by Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson, author of The Well-Balanced Teacher, examines some aspects of teaching that contribute to a sense of significance in your teaching practice. Learn to be proactive and purposeful in holding on to a healthy sense of significance, expanding your work throughout the school community, and embracing your creativity and teacher voice.
Power Up! / Put the “Personal” in Your Personal Learning Network (Educational Leadership)
Learn how one educator uses different tools to create his personal learning network to meet his daily learning needs. He develops practices that ensure thoughtful use of our time, capitalizing on technological tools that make personal the operative word in personal learning network.
Teachers in all grade levels and subject areas from around the globe are using professional learning networks (PLNs) to share resources, seek help and feedback, and find collaboration opportunities. However, the rapid influx of information from social media and user-generated online tools is overwhelming teachers and deterring them from using PLN tools to benefit from the community of experts. Learn how to navigate shared resources by starting slowly and keeping it simple.
Professional development (PD) that connects directly to teachers’ experiences can help us cultivate a school culture of reflective teaching, effective grading practices, and honest dialogue about what we value in student performance and mastery. The following example of PD takes you through an important step toward better practice: teacher reflection.
ASCD Implementing The Every Student Succeeds Act (Webinar Series)
When President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law in December 2015, several federal requirements changed, with many of the decisions about these policies now to be made at the state or local level. Join ASCD in this series of in-depth webinars focusing on key provisions of the new law including testing, accountability, professional development, and school improvement.
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Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom (Premium Members Access All Chapters)
Authors of the best-selling ASCD book Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success explain why your effectiveness in the classroom is directly connected to your ability to self-reflect on your teaching practice and use the reflection process to improve your work. Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral outfit you with tools and strategies to reveal deeper understandings of your practice and increase your power to make purposeful improvements.
To truly engage students in worthwhile, rigorous cognition, a profound shift in emphasis is necessary: from teaching to learning. John Antonetti shares practical, firsthand examples of how to transform learning activities into engaging opportunities for thinking and reasoning.
Professional Learning: Reimagined (Educational Leadership)
Access all Educational Leadership articles in this issue on professional learning to discover different takes on improving your teaching practice, such as using video to examine your teaching strategies, getting the most out of your professional learning communities, and deploying classroom simulations.
Providing Professional Development to Educators in Rural Areas (Education Update)
Teachers in rural or remote areas face special challenges, including accessing high-quality professional development that will enhance instruction. Learn what teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Soldotna, Alaska, do to enhance their remote professional learning.
To help you deepen your thinking and reflect on your capacity as an educator, Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral return to the Continuum of Self-Reflection, which they introduced to coaches and administrators in their bestselling Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success. In their newest book, they redesign its implementation so you can take charge of your own professional growth. Here, you’ll find tools to enhance self-reflection on professional practice, including the Continuum of Self-Reflection and the Reflective Cycle.
If teachers are stressed out and exhausted, how can they have the patience, positive energy, and enthusiasm to provide the best instruction for students? Author and teacher Mike Anderson asked that question of himself, and the answers he found form the basis of The Well-Balanced Teacher.
Does stress keep you up at night? Is there never enough time to do what needs to get done at school and at home? Veteran educators Nora Mazzone and Barbara Miglionico have been there, too. In this Arias publication, they offer simple, proven tactics to help you manage the stresses of being a classroom teacher.
Whether you use the Framework for Teaching in teacher preparation courses, recruitment, mentoring, professional development, or professional learning communities, the nearly 100 tools and activities in this guide will help make the components of successful teaching the standard for practice in your school, district, or career.
In Never Work Harder Than Your Students, Robyn Jackson makes a radical assertion: any teacher can develop a master teacher mindset. The master teacher mindset can be achieved by rigorously applying seven principles to your teaching until they become your automatic response to students in the classroom. Teaching is a hard job, but using Jackson’s principles will help you and your students reap the rich rewards of that hard work.