Since 2015, teachers at Rockingham County Schools have completely revolutionized the way they teach by embracing the power digital technology has for students.
“By taking a step back and looking at how we can change the learning environment, we have greatly impacted student achievements,” says Sonja Parks, Rockingham’s assistant superintendent. “Children are using new equipment and moving around during classes, talking to teachers, sharing their ideas, and ultimately, learning at a higher level than ever before.”
by Howard Vogel, Dr. Shelley Margow, Andy Plemmons, and Jude Miqueli
Previously featured in eSchool News on February 1, 2018
Here are some best practices for teaching the social-emotional skills students need to connect with their peers, their teachers, and the wider world.
With their crowded calendars, today’s educators can be hard pressed to find time to learn from each other. Since the agendas at PD days tend to be structured with district initiatives and teachers’ peer-to-peer collaboration, time may sometimes be limited to a four-minute passing period, lunch or the few precious moments before or after students come into the classroom. Learn more about how Andover Middle School teachers solve this problem.
By Carolyn Hollowell
Hard-working and successful educators deserve to be recognized and rewarded. Fortunately, there is wide range of educational awards out there, from the National Teacher of the Year to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Distinguished District Award. To be considered for these awards, as well as grants such as the NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants, educators are often asked to submit a video as part of the application process.
by Carolyn Hollowell
In today’s results-driven society, administrators are focusing more than ever on summative evaluations. But, as a recent Education Week article points out, if the goal is improving students’ performance and developing good teachers into great contributors, evaluation should sometimes take a back seat to coaching.
by JL McCall
The ears are the doorway to the brain: In order for the brain to develop auditory connections, we have to feed the brain auditory information. The brain can only grow connections based on the data it receives. What comes out of the child is what went into the brain.
by Sonja Parks, Camille Cavazos, Raven Ham, Timothy Fung, Caroline Messenger, and Bryan Flaig
Just in time for Valentine's Day, five educators share the source of their educational passion. Every February 14, millions of couples gush about why they love each other. Since this is the season for proclaiming passions, we asked six educators a simple question: "What do you love about teaching?" Here's what they said.
by Robin Glugatch and Andy Plemmons
Featured in eSchool News on December 12, 2017
For the sake of our students, we must embrace the changing role of the school librarian. 2017 was a year filled with makerspaces, student engagement, personalized learning, and more. Here, two seasoned librarians shed light on their biggest lessons learned in 2017 and look forward to the up-and-coming trends for the new year.
by Andrea Friend
All teachers know that every moment counts during the school day and more often than not, a teacher's peer-to-peer collaboration time is during a four-minute passing period, lunch, or the few precious moments before or after school. Tools that promote peer-to-peer learning are a huge wine because, honestly, no matter how much time teachers are given for PD, they could always use more time to collaborate.
by Stacey Ryan
Featured in edtech digest on November 2, 2017
Connected educator month just happened, but in reality, the connecting never ends. A 7th-grade math educator shares the tools she uses to stay connected with fellow educators, experts, and her students.