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Special Education Teacher, Seattle, WA

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I really enjoyed reading this blog. As a special education teacher I feel somewhat secluded because I do not have a grade level team to collaborate with. I have been reading recently about the importance of reflection and professional development through communication with your team. It was nice to read here that any other teacher in the building has the opportunity to observe me to give me tips on what I could change to enhance my teaching abilities.
I am very interested in the “signature strategies” because there have been times throughout my career that I was aware I needed to change my instruction, but was unsure of where to go or what to do. It would be nice to see strategies that have been effective and tries those.
I also like the idea of aligned rigorous and common student assessment system in order to gather “just in time data”. This is where I get lost though, because I am not part of a grade level team. I am not sure who I would share my results with to compare and/or discuss strategies with. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Spanish teacher from a small town in New York

This article is one that some

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This article is one that some of our decision-makers need to read. I feel like so many state governments, schools, etc. don't invest in helping teachers to improve. We constantly face budget cuts, but are expected to do more with less. How does that make sense? With everchanging students, teachers need to continue to build upon the knowledge and skills for the classroom. As mentioned above, schools who invest in teacher improvements saw improvements in student achievement-doesn't it seem like this is an obvious indication of what needs to be done?

Special Education Teacher -Upstate NY

Professional Develpment at its Finest

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Building the professional development of teachers, rather then tossing them aside is exactly what we as teachers do for our students. It is wonderful to hear of an organization that does the same for educators.
The first step of this organization is to put all educators on the same page or wavelength as to what is expected of them and what practices they need to be exemplifying. Making sure that all teachers in the same school are working towards the same goal creates a unity for the teachers in collaboration as well as student expectations. Giving teacher time to converse together is just one step in creating professional learning communities.

Providing frequent and rigorous assessments give teacher immediate feedback and allows for modified instruction. During a long term sub position, I enjoyed our weekly grade meeting where we discussed scores of our students and I knew exactly where my class was in comparison to others and where I needed to be.

I studied Danielson during my undergrad studies and was even questioned about it in an interview. There is nothing better to give to our school then teacher development for it is the gift that keeps on giving to bettering our schools and our students.

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I really enjoyed this perspective of teacher development. Teaching can not be done alone if we want the students to succeed.

This post gave me a little

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This post gave me a little more faith in the education profession. I have not been teaching long and already I am bogged down with hearing about horrible teachers and failing schools. It's so easy to place blame on "bad" teachers when test scores aren't up to par. This program is refreshing because it doesn't just want to get rid of teachers- it wants to invest in them. Isn't that what true education is all about? We can't get rid of students if they aren't perfect in our rooms. We invest in the. We believe in them. We help them achieve all that they are able to achieve. I like the idea of administrators investing in their teaching staff and for being proactive in improving teacher, and consequently, student achievement.

Professional Development

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Professional development provides teachers with new experiences to work with. Colleagues can be an excellent resource by sharing ideas, asking/answering questions, giving/getting tips and providing feedback. Professional development prepares teachers with useful information they can implement in the classroom. As educators, there is always room to absorb new knowledge, so being open to new ideas and research can help students’ learning. Working with other teachers, it is possible to collaborate and share information and expertise.

First Grade teacher from Woodstock, Georgia

This is a great source of

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This is a great source of information for all educators regardless of grade, or subjects taught. As a nation, it is important we move the pendulum toward a 360-degree view of classrooms. I like the key components mentioned here, but are we still just scratching the surface? The most stimulating key to all of this is how reflection is taking the forefront in the classroom. Integrated in the administrator’s observation is a “collaborative reflection” which allows for growth and development for the teacher. I perused the rubric provided and I think it is a powerful tool for teachers to do self-assessments. However, one commonality I have discovered in reflective based practices is how we are now using the term “engaged learning” so much without a clear way to measure it. If an administrator is observing in a classroom, the students are usually on their best behavior, and seem more engaged. For a true testimony of engagement, the reflection process must include feedback from the students. This can then set the stage for extending and refining thinking in students, and help the teacher design or redesign lessons. Being active and responsive to reflection is a great feature I gathered from the rubric. The teacher-coaching element to this sustainable teacher improvement sounds like a valuable investment in our teachers, which can only create a positive trickle effect for our students.

3rd Grade Teacher

I found this post to be very

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I found this post to be very informative. I believe that helping good teachers become even better is what we should be trying to do instead of just getting rid of them due to one bad test score. Last year was my first year in 3rd grade and my first year as teacher. I have my classroom management where I like it, but I felt I did not meet all the standards in order to be as successful on the CSAP test. Our schools scores were low and therefore I felt my job was at risk. I am lucky to still have a job and to be able to push myself to reflect on my teaching techniques and lessons for next year. I found this post to be beneficial to me in my own professional development. I have also read the book Teach like a Champion and continuously look back on it to help improve my teaching.

4th Grade Reading and Math Teacher, Georgia

I think that this was a

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I think that this was a wonderful posting. It was very informative, and in so many ways, very true. We need to work together to collaborate and participate in teacher development throughtout the school year to better help our students.

Professional Development

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I found this blog very informative. I am currently a graduate student and in one of our assignments we dicussed how important it is to be involved and particpate in professional development. I believe that professional development can help us recruit and retain effective teachers to use in the classroom. I believe that in our school system we have great teachers who could become greater if they are educated and informed of new information and practices to use in classroom. Highly qualified teachers are the best resources and tool we can give to our students.

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