Professional Development

The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice by TeachThought Staff What is the difference between a teacher-centered and learner-driven classroom? We’ve taken a look at examples of student-centered teaching before. It’s both a subtle (in theory) and dramatic (in function) shift in the entire ecology of a classroom, curriculum, and sense of student …

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8 Things Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow

8 Things Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow by Terry Heick What do teachers need to grow? Training, books, words of encouragement, degrees and certifications, Professional Development (TeachThought Professional Development, for example), meetings, assistants, rules, policies, laptops–these are the traditional fare of teacher improvement. But to truly improve teacher capacity over time in a …

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6 Questions Every Teacher Needs To Answer In Order To Grow

6 Questions Every Teacher Needs To Answer In Order To Grow by Terry Heick Looking for professional development designed specifically for your school or district? Visit TeachThought Professional Development at wegrowteachers.com and talk with our experts to find out how you and your staff can grow today! Broadly speaking, there are two types of professional …

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8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started

  8 Basic Steps Of Project-Based Learning To Get You Started by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development *this blog was originally published at TeachThought PD The process of designing and implementing project-based learning can be fairly complex. A big part of that complexity is the shift toward inquiry that uncovers learning as you use PBL to …

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What Students Feel Learning In A State Of Flow

What Students Feel Learning In A State Of Flow by Jackie Gerstein Dr. Gerstein provides training and professional development through TeachThought Professional Development. To schedule her to work with your school, contact her here. Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often …

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7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development

7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD As the end of the school year starts to draw to a close, administrators start pulling together their PD plans in preparation for the next year. Meanwhile, teachers sit anxiously by with the dread that can only come with the anticipation of the PD …

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The Enduring Residue Of Project-Based Learning PD

The Enduring Residue Of Project Based Learning PD by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development TeachThought readers have probably figured out that I’m a big fan of Project-Based Learning. I think it’s a potential game-changer for the culture of a school when done well and have written about it before here: What PBL Can Do For …

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Ep. 27 Let’s Make Professional Development More Effective

Ep. 27 Let’s Make Professional Development More Effective by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 27 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins discusses ways to make professional development more effective by using inquiry to align and refine it with your mission and vision statements. Interested in TeachThought Professional Development workshops? Visit TeachThought.com/PD …

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8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD

8 Steps To Teacher-Led, Digital PD by TeachThought Staff Professional development for teachers is a beautiful thing. While many professionals work either in isolation or total stagnation, educators are constantly given new tools to become better at their craft. National-level conferences like ISTE and ASCD, district PD, school PD, professional learning communities, data teams, “PD-style …

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5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development

5 Strategies For Better Teacher Professional Development by Joel Zarrow Just as a teacher has to create conditions that support and encourage student success, school districts have to support teachers’ professional development. Today, professional development runs the gamut from one-shot workshops to more intensive job-embedded professional development, which has teachers learn in the day-to-day environment …

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Creating A Culture Of Learning Using The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Model

Promoting A Culture Of Learning In Your Classroom by Terry Heick Learning is a culture. It starts there—with the students first as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends there—with students using what we give them back at home, in those physical and digital environments. Even the practices that promote or undermine …

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