Values and clarity build classroom language
What can teachers do to create a climate of safety in their classroom that leads to higher levels of learning? These tips from Paula Denton of the Northeast Foundation for Children will help teachers find new ways to communicate to better meet classroom challenges.
By Valerie von Frank
Tools: Identifying and clarifying beliefs about learning
Develop a set of belief statements by discussing the ideas presented in this tool with colleagues. Then work to remember why you became teachers. Use these tools together to clarify your values.
Voice of a teacher leader: Market norms bring confusion
Teacher leader Bill Ferriter has some advice for policy makers: Instilling purpose, mission, and pride in the societal aspects of a job well done does more to motivate teachers and generate enthusiasm than the current emphasis on accountability through standardized test results. (Available to the public.)
By Bill Ferriter
Focus on NSDC's standards: Times call for Mario's powers
Nintendo's mascot, Mario, can demonstrate how to do more with limited resources. Mario's adaptability is a model for coaches in making due by "powering up" the possibilities. Learn what coaches can really do when faced with tough times. (Available to the public.)
By Joellen Killion
Lessons from a coach: A guide on the trail to certification
David Schmidt is an instructional leader who supports teachers directly -- by helping them become National Board Certified. Learn what Schmidt does to assist his colleagues.
Research brief: 5 strategies target bad behavior
Address behavioral hotspots with these research-based ideas from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.
By Carla Thomas McClure