- To provide Teacher Inquiry
- To improve Student Learning
Teacher Inquiry a process to create thoughtful, effective teaching practice
Make it Public, Peer Review, Pass it on
Provide a safe, supportive environment in which to collaborate and grow.
Understand how students learn
Risk trying new things
Share progress and ideas with others
Based on Research of Student Learning and Teacher Learning
Create assessment tools of evaluation
School/Site based, both internal and external
External: Teacher networks, sharing global views and ideas; unisolate the school;
Internal: for change and forums of discussion, unisolate the teacher;
Avoid "Yes, but" statements
Effectiveness of PD are multiple and highly complex
Single shot, workshops, school/dept meetings, and guests alone ineffective
Make it relevant within context of school day
Theory and more.
- set specific, measurable targets for student learning using data
- prepare for sessions, create study groups, guest speakers for inspiration
- select type of PD:
- peer collaboration
- individual professional growth
- action research with sharing by publishing and presenting
- external: conferences, grad classes, workshops elsewhere.
- self reflection and sharing of experiences and findings on how all this improves student learning
- changes teacher needs to make, will make. how?
- multiple measures of teacher and student learning
Balanced Literacy: word study; shared, guided, independent reading; read alouds; writer's workshop
Driven by Assessment: teams of teachers examine the work and tests to determine instruction
H.O.T.S. (Higher Order Thinking Skills Project) replaces traditional drill
and practice activities and content instruction in compensatory programs with thinking
activities designed to generate the gains in basic skills expected from scholars.
Internet for Teachers
Elementary School WebQuest-Quest
Weaving the Web into Your K-12 Curriculum