Tag: professional development

  • #CyberPD: Week 1 Reflections

    #CyberPD: Week 1 Reflections

    I’m a bit late to #cyberPD because I’ve been traveling, but I did want to catch up and participate, even if I’m late. #CyberPD is one of my favorite professional development opportunities each year–a virtual summer book study with many of the teacher-bloggers I learn the most from. I was excited when Sara K. Ahmed’s…

  • PD Book Review: 9 Things You Should Know about 180 Days by Gallagher and Kittle

    PD Book Review: 9 Things You Should Know about 180 Days by Gallagher and Kittle

    How do you fit it all in? The short answer is, you don’t. Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle take their readers through 180 days of teaching high school English and share the tough decisions they make about curriculum and lesson plan design. Here are 9 things you need to know about 180 Days: It is…

  • It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 8/3/15

    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 8/3/15

    Visit Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to participate in the kidlit version of this weekly meme. On the blog: A curation of some of my favorite online reading from last week An interview with recent teacher intern Kelsey Empfield about what she learned A slice/metaslice about why I love mornings and why it’s hard…

  • Wrapping Up #CyberPD: Assessment and Connections Between Home and School

    Wrapping Up #CyberPD: Assessment and Connections Between Home and School

    #CyberPD is an online professional development learning community where teachers read and discuss a common professional development text. Visit Reflect & Refine for more details and links to connect with the group. This year’s book is Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3-8 by Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass. The last chapters in Digital Reading focus on…

  • Digital Reading: What’s Essential Ch 1 and 2 #cyberPD

    Digital Reading: What’s Essential Ch 1 and 2 #cyberPD

    #CyberPD is an online professional development learning community where teachers read and discuss a common professional development text. Visit Reflect & Refine for more details and links to connect with the group. This year’s book is Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3-8 by Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass. After reading two chapters of Digital Reading,…

  • Summer 2015 PD Plans

    Summer 2015 PD Plans

    Originally posted on kelseyempfield: After expressing my fears of June, July, and August, I have decided that I can waste away the summer months fretting over the commencement of school or I can do something about it. Deciding to grab my pen and write out my fears, I realized my fears were simply of the…

  • Go The Extra Mile: Advice from a Teacher Intern

    Go The Extra Mile: Advice from a Teacher Intern

    This post is part of a series on #summerPD for pre-service teachers. Maggie Darnell recently completed her student teaching internship and will be teaching seventh-grade English (plus an awesome-sounding enrichment course in Zombie Survival!) in the fall. In this interview, Maggie reflects on her experience and shares some advice for cooperating teachers and pre-service teachers.…

  • 4 Reasons Why Pre-service Teachers Need Summer Professional Development #summerPD

    4 Reasons Why Pre-service Teachers Need Summer Professional Development #summerPD

    This is the inaugural post for a series on Summer PD for Pre-service Teachers. In this weekly series, I’ll be tackling topics like: PLNs for Pre-Service Teachers Must-Reads for Pre-Service Teachers How to Prepare for Student Teaching How to Develop a Literate Life–and Why You Need One Before You Get in the Classroom I’ll interview…

  • Why We Don’t Take Our Learning Home With Us

    Why We Don’t Take Our Learning Home With Us

    At his #ettsummit session, Celebrating the Wonderful Mess (liveblogged by Beth Holland), Martin Moran posed a challenge to the audience: How can we better retain our learning from conferences? He described a situation that’s all too familiar to me: so much incredible reflection and learning happens for me at some of the education conferences I…

  • Why Every Teacher Should Read Opening Minds by Peter Johnston

    Why Every Teacher Should Read Opening Minds by Peter Johnston

    Peter Johnston’s Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives is a book every teacher (and, I would argue, every parent) needs to read. Johnston explores how small changes in how we use words in our classrooms can have a profound impact on our students’ self-concept, understanding of themselves as learners, and ethical development. And he really…