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assessment method

The Role of Trust in Teacher Evaluation

Unless there is a preponderance of evidence that a teacher is unwilling to learn, be coached, or to grow professionally – making dismissal is a real possibility – the sole purpose of any observation – informal observation, class walk-through, or formal evaluation – should be to help a teacher enhance instructional effectiveness. Continue reading

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learning management systems

Have We Lost the Real Purpose of Teacher Evaluation?

What is the purpose of teacher evaluation? Is it to improve instruction? Create a “paper trail” so we can justify dismissal of ineffective teachers? We need to know our true purpose if we hope to improve the current flawed system of evaluating teachers. Continue reading

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Are You a Part of an Educational Culture of Compliance or Empowerment?

When schools create a “culture of empowerment,” teachers are energized and students experience greater success. Is your school one that empowers or are you stuck in a culture of compliance? Continue reading

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learning management systems

LMS and LCMS – Similarities and Differences

I recently attended a project workshop where the purpose was to discuss the high level requirements for the procurement of new Learning Management Systems and to plan the project going forward. At the meeting a stakeholder asked me to explain the … Continue reading

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learning management systems

LMS Needs Analysis – Questions to Ask When Reviewing Systems

Thousands of trainers right now are thinking about investing in a training platform, or learning management system, to automate, maximize, leverage and get the most ROI out of their training activities as possible. However, before you start spending time reviewing systems … Continue reading

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Activities

TXT Me L8r!

FYI my little 1s (3rd g8rs) just did a unit re: how 2 rite a ltr. Like, a ltr ltr. Old skool, LOL. U haf 2 start w the d8 @ the top. Nxt rite ur address. Not ur email… like @ ur house. Then ur BFF’s address 2.  U… Read More


Curriculum

You Majored in What?!

Graduation season is upon us, the time when we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-minted degree-holders. Of course, in economic times such as these, there’s no guarantee that a new graduate, professionally green and facing unprecedented competition for jobs, will land solid employment just on the strength of a… Read More


Activities

Science Through Literature in Inner City Schools

It was very exciting – and a little intimidating – to be invited to spend a day at an inner-city high school in Los Angeles.  I have spent over a decade developing and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching core concepts in science and mathematics; throwing out the traditional text… Read More


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