How do we most effectively promote the professional growth of our teachers so that it has a high impact on student learning?
While significant efforts are made in so many schools to improve teacher professional growth and learning, I continue to question how can we do this better?
Essentially, how can we ensure greater application of our own learning to ensure that it benefits our schools, teachers and students?
Every year we come back from our winter break with fresh ideas and new perspectives for our schools and classrooms. Although one of the biggest issues facing schools, we still do not have a universal answer to bullying prevention — perhaps until now. As a teacher for 10 years, the sad truth is that it was inevitable that I would witness bullying. I would like to think I tried everything and essentially had bullying under control in my classroom. Under control isn’t enough. It only requires a single victim for something terrible to occur. One nasty look, a single shove, or one snide comment can scar a child. Even the most experienced and vigilant teachers in the most well-managed and caring environments can’t see everything that happens in their classroom.
Email is a great, convenient way to communicate. In many ways it can be exciting, similar to how we used to wait for the postman to deliver us that special letter that we had been waiting for. While there are similarities, there are a whole lot of frustrations around email to the point that some are claiming that it is ruining their life. I probably would not go as far as that but, certainly, email, is creating a lot of frustration, especially for teachers and support staff in schools.
There are a number of articles and blog posts on the Web that discuss the topic of email frustration in business and ways to improve staff morale by addressing email concerns that are worth a read but how do we address this problem in our schools?