Taking Control of Your Professional Development with Research – Post 2

Post 2 - Finding the Research As I stated in Post 1, the purpose of this series is to empower educators to take control of their professional development with research.  Often times, the prescribed whole-school PD doesn’t meet the needs of all classes and students.  I believe teachers should invest in seeking out your own …

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Taking Control of Your Professional Development with Research

Post 1 - Introduction This is the introduction to a compendium meant to empower the classroom teacher to take control of their  professional development through research.  So often, a teachers only experience with professional development is the prescribed whole-school PD that takes place perhaps once a month or through a school-wide book club.  While these …

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Learning Myths vs. Learning Facts

*The following article originally posted on the American Psychological Association's Psych Learning Curve website on July 17, 2017:  http://psychlearningcurve.org/learning-myths-vs-learning-facts/ Unless you’ve been under a rock, avoiding the most infamous jargon of education, you’ve heard the term ‘learning styles’. It has become quite the buzzword in the last decade or so and is almost said with …

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The Value of Simplicity in the Classroom

One of the most flattering compliments I’ve ever received, in reference to my teaching, came in December of 2006. I was a member of a lovely cohort, finishing up our third and final semester of our Master’s of Education degree. During our last meetings together, one of the professors who instructed us along the way, …

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Inspiring Student Buy-In with Retrieval Practice or Channelling Your Inner Knowledge Warrior

Disclaimer: I am not asserting the brain should be worked out like other muscles of the body.  Thank you. When discussing retrieval practice, it is easy to focus on the ‘retrieval’ aspect of the learning strategy.  It is much more interesting, I believe, to consider the neurological and biological side of the topic in relation to …

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