Blogs on Professional Development

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Andrew MarcinekJuly 29, 2013

Over the course of two years, I, along with the Burlington Public Schools tech team, had the opportunity to meet and connect with over one hundred schools. These discussions would usually involve what device works best in the classroom and how the iPad is affecting teaching and learning outcomes. Frequently this conversation focuses on the most effective hardware for teaching and learning. While this is an important decision to make, it should not be the focus. In fact, the best devices a school can employ are great teachers.

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Elana LeoniJuly 29, 2013

Ahh, summertime -- a time to relax and recharge. OK, well not really if you're an educator. In reality, educators are the most dedicated professionals I've met, and despite what the rest of the world may think, we know nobody really has summers off. But before summer officially ends and we start getting bombarded with back-to-school jingles, I thought I'd share some tips on how to make the most out of one of my favorite social networks: Twitter. Educators around the world use Twitter to become connected. And many people (including myself) credit Twitter as the best way to get on-demand professional development 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So how are people using Twitter, and how can you take advantage of it? Here are five tips to steer you in the right direction.

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Ryan W IhrkeJuly 23, 2013

First of all, I must apologize to the physics people out there who read the title and expected this article to explain a new three-dimensional figure that would redefine transport and how we think about mobility. Sadly, I have not yet come up with this idea. But I assure you, I will write a post about it when I do. This is not that post.

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Barbora BridleJuly 22, 2013

"She makes my life miserable every day!" cries Madison, one of the girls in my fourth grade class. She sinks her chubby frame onto the bench next to me, and folds her arms dramatically over her uniform. A pout curls her lower lip and tears twinkle inside her eyelids as she dashes a fierce glance sideways at Hailey, who is still blissfully hanging upside down on the monkey bars.

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Lisa MimsJuly 17, 2013

We all know how crucial it is that our parents are supportive and involved in their child's education. We understand how important it is that they are aware of what is taking place in your classroom. The more supportive and involved parents are in their child's education, the greater the odds that their child will be successful.

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Scott TaylorJuly 9, 2013

Until several years ago, I had a hard time confronting my subordinates with direct, straight-up critical feedback. I didn't want the awkwardness I thought would come from telling someone he wasn't doing his job correctly. However, I grew out of this feeling over time and found constructive, professional ways to provide critical feedback.

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Adam BellowJuly 3, 2013

Changing the world sounds like a tall order. But in reality, educators play their role to help change the world every single day. The summer is a great time to start planting seeds of change in our personal or professional practice. Here are a few quick ideas to keep in mind over the next few weeks before we gear up to go back to school.

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José VilsonJune 28, 2013

Summer is the time when new teachers learn and when veteran teachers relax and then learn. Whether at the beach watching over your kid who is flinging the beach ball too hard, or at home with your face right on the full-power air conditioner, here's hoping the following five books give you something to enjoy and discuss. These books fall into three categories: leadership, race, or math (and in one case, all three). I'm recommending them all, and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Lisa Michelle DabbsJune 21, 2013

"By bringing together people who share interests, no matter their location or time zone, social media has the potential to transform the workplace into an environment where learning is as natural as it is powerful." - Marcia Conner

Recently, I presented an online webinar with education colleagues from different parts of the U.S. The webinar, Social Media Savvy for Educators, was well received. Our purpose in sharing was to:

  • Support educators who were new to using social media
  • Support them to seek out a few resources
  • Support them to launch into those spaces
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Elana LeoniJune 14, 2013

It's almost officially summer, and if you’re an edtech nerd like me, you always start twitching with excitement when June rolls around (seriously, picture Elaine dancing in Seinfeld). ISTE's annual conference and exposition starts June 23 and, for me, ISTE is the best way (edcamps excluded, of course!) to meet inspiring and like-minded folks passionate about education. So how do you make the most of the conference? And how do you know if you're being realistic about your goals and schedule? And is there room for fun?

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