Dec 06

Your Biggest PD Challenge (so far…)

Professional Development

Recently, I asked you “When it comes to your own professional development, what is your single biggest challenge or frustration?”The responses ranged from finding the funding for your professional development classes, resources, and trainings to finding good PD that was actually relevant to your area of interest or your specific discipline or field.But the overwhelming […]

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Nov 29

One-size-fits-all Support Doesn’t Work

Teaching

One of my first contracts as a consultant was to design a support plan for teachers who were struggling to teach Advanced Placement courses for non-traditional AP students. Many of these students had never taken an AP course before and were really struggling with the rigorous material and the fast pace of the course.It’s something […]

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Nov 15

It’s Not About You

Leadership

If you really want to build true accountability in your school, then you must commit to strategic conversations with teachers.I believe that. But, as I continue to discover in my own work on school boards and some of the schools I serve, practicing what I preach is pretty hard.It is a lot easier to avoid […]

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Nov 08

Are You Ever Bored By Your Own Lessons?

Teaching

It’s happened to the best of us. We teach a lesson because the curriculum guide demands it. But we don’t find the lesson particularly interesting and we have a hard time finding ways to make it engaging to our students. We just can’t seem to “sell it.” We get through the lesson but the truth […]

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Nov 05

Sustaining Your Motivation as a Teacher

Teaching

We spend a lot of time talking about how to motivate our students, but we hardly spend any time talking about out own motivation.And that’s a shame, because after working with thousands of teachers over the years, I’ve learned a really important truth about motivation:Unmotivated people can’t motivate anyone.Think about it. If you are exhausted, […]

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Nov 01

Rigorous Feedback

Rigor

Recently, I conducted a workshop for instructional coaches who wanted to learn more about how to promote and support rigorous instruction in their schools. I had about 150 K-12 instructional coaches at the training, and we started the day by looking at some classroom video footage. I asked the coaches to watch each five-minute slice […]

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Oct 25

Lesson Planning Shouldn’t Be Hard

Rigor

Don’t you just hate it when you go to a workshop and learn a new technique, return home all excited to try it, only to find out that it won’t work with your curriculum, or your teaching style, or your district process?Me too.That’s why I work so hard to make sure that every resource we […]

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