Calm Down the Classroom Walls
posted by: Jill | August 17, 2011, 08:46 am   

With the beginning of the school year just weeks or days away, many teachers will be returning early to set up their bulletin boards and classrooms. That is an exciting time—except that there's so much stuff to put up. In addition to organizing the room and making it inviting, teachers must put all the required teacher-made pieces in place, lest an omission be noted in a walkthrough observation.
A Shout Out to Hector, Arkansas
posted by: Jill | August 12, 2011, 04:24 pm   

Last week involved a trip down to Arkansas for a Differentiated Instruction training in Russellville for teachers in Hector School District. We were lucky enough to hold the training at an Arkansas Tech University facility, Lakepoint Conference Center, on the banks of Lake Dardanelle. And, as usual, I was more than happy to have some real Arkansas BBQ provided by Fat Daddy's. Pulled pork is delicious, and the sides...well, I digress.
Harvard Study Links TFA Selection Criteria to Student Gains
posted by: Alix | August 05, 2011, 11:01 am   

According to scholars, while there is considerable variance in the productivity of teachers, educators have been unable to identify observable characteristics related to teacher effectiveness. A new study from Harvard University uses Teach for America's selection criteria to link student gains to these top-tier recruited teachers, suggesting that it's possible to recruit candidates who are more likely to become effective educators.
Google It
posted by: Jill | August 03, 2011, 09:17 am   

Let's discuss Google products today. It really can't be ignored; think about it. When searching on the internet how often is this phrase heard, "I don't know, Google it." It became a genericized trademark in less than ten years. The products are quality and it's all free.

Alternative Teacher Certification on the Rise
posted by: Alix | August 02, 2011, 09:02 am   

According to a new survey issued by the National Center for Education Information, programs that offer non-traditional paths toward a career in teaching, otherwise known as "alternative certification," are on the rise nationwide. In a climate where education advocates are calling for a new and highly effective teacher workforce, this survey is positive news for proponents of the growing and diverse alternative certification movement.
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