Tips for school leaders seeking to foster an environment that supports, engages, and motivates teachers.
Years ago, a new teacher I was mentoring up and left the profession after two years. She was brilliant, enthusiastic, and well-loved by colleagues, students, and families, and she inspired me to write the book Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus.
With each day that I work with teachers, I am more convinced that it is vital to the future of public education that we make teaching a more sustainable, humane profession.
Participants in a program on culturally responsive teaching practices share what they’ve learned about themselves—and how their teaching has changed as a result.
To give his students repeated exposure to relevant vocabulary terms, the author relies on a tried-and-true tool: index cards.
Brief, frequent chats with students help teachers assess their reading and writing skills while building strong relationships.
Traditional assessment tools in English language arts classrooms include written assignments and tests on the readings, along with the odd presentation or small group book study. For years, my assessments focused on these tools, but I didn’t feel like they were working for me or my students. I’d pass the garbage cans in my classroom at the end of a period and see my written feedback—hours of work—carelessly thrown away. Why was I wasting my time?
I tried everything I knew how to do but still felt like I wasn’t really doing a great job of moving my students forward or providing authentic literacy assessments.