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Mathematics 8th Grade

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Walking the talk establishes learning norms for new teachers. we learn the language, but is the language used to connect the teaching and the learning. Students need to know the language of the subject area in order to learn and articulate new skills. Well, as students need these skills, so do teachers. As we learn what it looks like to have successful students, we must also learn the strategies to get them there. Student achievement is based on teacher knowledge. Know the pedagogy for yourself and your students.
The teachers in our eighth department have formed communities to develop our skills and strategies. We meet and discuss and come back and show the results of the assessments.

8th grade math teacher in Ga

I don't think that anyone

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I don't think that anyone comes into teaching determined to be a bad teacher. i would say that the majority of bad teachers are those who have frustrated with the system, refuse to grow or are just lazy. that being said, we need to look at ways to reach these teachers. let's find a way to show the frustrated teacher how the system can work FOR them instead of butting heads with it. fFor those who are reluctant to grow as a teacher let's try to ease them into change instead of trying to force a whole new world on them. Now for the lazy ones...hmmmm? I think that the lazy ones are afraid to be too productive for fear of added responsibilities. Let's show them that being effective and doing their job can be rewarding(besides just being allowed to keep their jobs). comments please

Interesting article

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I enjoyed reading this article. I recently moved to a much larger school than where I previously taught. I had not realized how "data driven" our schools had become. I jumped in with two feet running, and I gained very meaningful insight on my student's needs and where I need to help them. This article interested me because I agree that all teachers need to be "on the same page" in the area of improvement plans. Many teachers that I know become stagnant in their teaching, and in this ever-changing educational world, a stagnant teacher will drown very quickly.

I concur with what you are

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I concur with what you are saying whole heartedly. I'm an inexpereinced teacher and I would like to recieve valuable feedback about my teaching strategies and techniques. As a teacher with little expereince. It is not enough just to hire a highly qualified teacher and expect great results. I spent my first year of teaching asking myself if this is the right approach to teaching a lesson. I believe a teacher coach would be an invaluable assest to have. Teacher coaches can provide on the spot anaysis about your instruction technique. If I improve my teaching ability, this concept will only factor into my students acheievement outcomes. This a idea that every state should inquire about.

I enjoyed article immensely!

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I enjoyed article immensely! We as educators must develop new ways of connecting with other teachers if we are to advance ourselves and our students in learning. "No man is an island" therefore, interactive collaboration is essential to leading to creative ideas and future existence.

K-5 ELL Teacher, Indiananapolis, Indiana

Kudos to Success!

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Thank you so much for this post! I enjoyed reading about AUSL and all of your accomplishments. As a teacher of ELs in a high poverty public school, we also focus a majority of our instructional decisions on data. I am taking back to my local ELL program the idea of filling in the gap of time between state standardized testing and results with monthly and quarterly assessing. This "just in time" data will benefit us in making constant adjustments to our curriculum throughout the school year. We use the core curriculum assessments, but these seem to be a general broader picture of skills. We are constantly looking for PD in our district to grow ourselves professionally. As a matter of fact, I was in a meeting most of today developing a PD for our ELL classroom cluster teachers in our district. I was reminded and reassured we are on the path of excellence for our teachers. I believe coaching colleagues and creating an environment where we can creatively, safely and comfortably grow each other is the key to striving for excellence as an educator. Thank you for sharing your experience and congratulations on your success!

I am a teacher and recently

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I am a teacher and recently began pursuing my Masters Degree. I have found that this topic of teacher development is brought up often in my coursework. When I began teaching I was assigned a "mentor" who met with me twice a month to ask "how is it going" and the rest of the school maintained the "keep to yourself attitude." I find your blog to be motivating. I hope more areas adopt this form of teacher development. I strongly believe that, instead of firing "bad" teachers, we should put more emphasis in making them "great" teachers. Teaching is a challenging career and if we can find a common language and assessment system to make us each more effective then, I believe, we will see less teacher "burnout" and more student success.

I enjoyed reading this piece.

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I enjoyed reading this piece. As a teacher of students with severe disabilities, it was often difficult to sit through the school-wide inservices on “writing across the curriculum” or “motivating today’s student.” Thankfully, our professional development has greatly improved in the last five years. Our PLC has been a step in the right direction toward common student assessment as well as an alignment in curriculum, but this is only a small piece of the puzzle.

The integration of the four strategies suggested here are excellent. How is this system implemented within the existing framework of factory schools? If the current decision makers (State Legislature in my case) were educated in the archaic system of education, and succeeded at the time because the system met the needs of that day’s student, how are they to be convinced otherwise? It seems that these options are only available when it has become “too late” for a school and the students involved, but these are not viable alternatives for existing and struggling schools.

kindergarten teacher

I have recently taken a

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I have recently taken a position in a high risk elementary school and I am confused about how this school is ever going to get off of the District's improvement list. The goals are to raise scores in literacy and math but other than that, I do not see any progress or goals set for the school year. I am afraid that what has been done in the past is going to repeat itself and this school is in deep trouble. I am working on a teaching team and we are optimistic that we are going to create change with the children but I do not understand what reward will come with the efforts? I just hope the collaboration with my teaching team will provide me with valuable tools I can take with me in the future and make me a better teacher.

5th Grade Teacher from NE Oklahoma

I enjoyed reading this

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I enjoyed reading this posting. I am fortunate to work in a district with a similiar mission. As a fifth year teacher, I've had the opportunity to participate in many professional development workshops, most of which I found very helpful. One thing that I find quite intriguing (and that my district does not currently engage in) is the teacher coaching. I want to make sure I understand correctly - Are these "coaches" currently teaching their own classes or are they just former teachers with strategies to help assist other teachers? I'd like to do more research to look into this idea and how it translates to improved teacher and student performance.

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