I know for many of us today we are talking about PLN's (Professional Learning Networks), but it all began with the PLC (Professional Learning Community). For many that is still our focus as we look to create and develop one within our own school.
As Rick Dufour states a Professional Learning Community is "a focus on learning rather than teaching, working collaboratively, and holding yourself accountable to results." He has also pointed out that there are four main questions that need to be ask in the development of your PLC and they are:
How is your school functioning as a PLC? Are they addressing the issues of equity and the learning gaps? Are they working as a cohesive unit and if so how did you get there?
Join us on #edchatri on Easter Sunday at 8 PM as we work together with our PLN to better develop our school's PLC.
As education in the US continues to change, grow and adapt to higher standards, more rigor and an overall increase in work load, for students, teachers and administrators, what must we do as educators to keep up with this change for the benefit of our students.
Over the past few years with the creation of the Common Core State Standards, a major change in the evaluation system and an increased use of data, just to name a few, education has become much more demanding and in some ways overwhelming for students,teachers and administrators. What can and should we do to embrace this change and meet with greater success.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM for #edchatri as we look to Open the Doors to Change.
We know that standardized tests and high stakes testing are a big part of the measurement of success for our students, but should that be the case. Also, as it has been said many times, it is our job as educators to prepare our students for careers that don't even exist today. How do we best prepare ourselves and our students for these requirements, what skills should we focus on and how do we best prepare for the work that lies ahead.
Join all of the amazing educators on Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we discuss all of these questions so that we can prepare our students for success in their future.
When we talk about the term unmotivated, what exactly are we saying, does it mean that the student is not engaged or are they non-compliant. Is it an issue of these students choosing to be difficult or do they simply not understand the material. Does the teacher have anything to do with the students motivation or is this just an intrinsic quality that the student possess.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we look at these questions and more an share knowledge and answers that may help us all to be more successful in motivating our students.
Attention has been directed toward extended school time as a measure to improve academic achievement. The school year and day length have varied over time and across localities depending on the particular needs of the community. Proponents argue that extending time will have learning and nonacademic benefits. Opponents suggest increased time is not guaranteed to lead to more effective instruction and suggest other costs. Despite noted limitations in the research, past reviewers have argued that any positive relation between allocated time and achievement is tentative and instructional quality needs to be addressed first.
Join us for a special 30 minutes version of #edchatri as we stream live from #LFARI2013 on Saturday morning from 9:45 - 10:15 EST.
A vital component to the work we do in education involves growing, learning and developing in our profession. However when finances are cut, as they often are today, one of the first things to go is professional development. How can we overcome this and still continue to learn and grow as professionals.
Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri we will look at what it takes to Design Quality Professional Development. What is quality professional development, what does it look like, how does technology help us with this growth and how do we make it happen with limited budgets. Join all of the amazing educators on #edchatri as we look at these questions and more relating to how we Design Quality Professional Development.
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