Teacher leadership is valuable for student achievement and the teaching profession, writes Sean Slade, director of whole child programs at ASCD. Still, greater planning, purpose and intent is needed for effective teacher-leadership models, he writes in this blog post.
Teachers in a Florida school district are attending four days of training on math and literacy curricula aligned with Common Core State Standards and Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests. The district also will utilize instructional leaders to guide peers in the training sessions.
Lectures are a valid and effective instructional method despite a negative reputation, writes Todd Finley, Edutopia editorial assistant and blogger. In this blog post, he offers several ways teachers can create more dynamic lectures and enhance their impact on students. Among his tips are to set clear goals to students and to use different styles, formats and media in lectures.
Meaningful instructional feedback from school leaders can help improve student achievement, cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes in this blog post. Here, Willingham, a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia, shines a light on recent research about the role of principal walkthroughs and feedback in schools. In the study, he notes, researchers found that student outcomes improved when principals coached teachers -- especially in math -- and when they evaluated teachers and curricula.
Type any search terms into Google and what appears may be right on the mark or wholly inappropriate -- especially for students using the search engine to complete school assignments. Enter netTrekker Search, a program that connects teachers and students with material found online that has been reviewed by education experts. Officials in Houston said they relied on the program when transitioning to a digital curricula.