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3 Things Most PLC’s Do Wrong – and How to Fix Them

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook! I just read the Teachers Know Best report, and am struck by the findings on Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s). Almost 70% of teachers participate in PLC’s of some kind. However, only a scant 7% experience strong collaboration in the form of dedicated time, shared responsibility for instructional improvement, and positive culture…

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Teachers: Have This Conversation Before You Collaborate

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook!   Getting educators to collaborate around instruction is really hard. When I was coaching teachers, I had a framework for observation similar to many of the teacher evaluation frameworks that are out there today. It contained phrases like “Designs lessons so that timing supports learning”, which seemed fairly clear and…

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So Facebook Chat probably isn’t an accepted form of market research…

But sometimes you can’t choose where wisdom and knowledge come from! I was chatting with a friend and she shared this experience that underscores the need for differentiated PD and teacher improvement processes: “[Teacher evaluation] is a huge pain point in my school/district. the PDPs arent really designed to develop…theyre like, ‘focus on these things’ and then vet…

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What does management look like in Expeditionary Learning?

One of the questions we’re tackling right now is what management techniques align with various forms of teacher practice.  For example with Expeditionary Learning, we have these hypotheses: The focus of EL is on giving students real world experiences to create involved and informed citizens in their communities.  Our guess is that this means that managment…

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Our very first pilot!

Today was the first legitimate day of the Teaching Genome as a product. I observed a 2nd year middle school math teacher and then met with her directly after her class. I had her look at the full Genome with all of the styles side by side. She noted that it was useful just to…

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Welcome to Developments and Discussions

Follow along as we work to codify different styles of teaching and develop a coaching model that helps teachers get better. Our team will post regularly with things we find and questions we run into along the way. Stay tuned!

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