Professional Learning

Reading Is The Key

Some weeks I wonder about what to share in these posts. I think about what to write as soon as I have submitted my previous post. To get my creative juices flowing, I spend time reading about current affairs in professional learning. I like reading and knowing about current events in education, and I usually find something to write about.

Lately, I have found myself reading about successful people who are avid readers and work at being lifelong learners. Whether they are entrepreneurs, business people, or scientists, they spend dedicated amounts of time reading every day. That made me wonder what successful teachers read about and how much time they spend reading. In my search for the answer to that question, I came across an opinion piece in Education Week by Nancy Flanagan, “Do Teachers Read Professionally.”

In her piece, Nancy says that teachers definitely read, and sometimes a lot, but teachers could still stand to read more in order to learn and expand their own knowledge base. Teachers generally cite lack of time as a reason for why they don’t read more. Classroom teachers spend big chunks of time reading, but it may only be student work, textbooks, etc. Taking time to read as a way to fuel their own need for new and more knowledge is what’s missing. Teachers are lifelong learners, and reading is a big part of doing that successfully.

Teaching and reading seem to go hand in hand. As teachers, we are expected to be better professionally as time goes on. This can’t be accomplished by not reading. My point is merely to remind you to read more. Ask yourself, what is the book you have not read yet but want to? Stay on that lifelong learning path by reading more. Ask a colleague what they are reading. I know reading what I did to write this blog has given me cause to read more, what about you? Being good at lifelong learning means you read a lot. I think I need to find another book to read! What’s on your reading list?


Are You a Lifelong Learner?

We should always be learning. Are you a self-professed learner for life? I like stories about people’s lifelong learning journeys. We are presented with daily learning opportunities, but it is the how and why of people’s stories that I like the best. People who have a yearning for more information and knowledge are what make… Continue Reading

Help “ALEXA”

Technology allows us to have and use many different, highly sophisticated tools in our classrooms. Amazon’s Echo is just one such example that is being used in many classrooms. The Echo, which responds to the name “Alexa,” is Amazon’s digital assistant built into the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, which are wireless speakers with built-in… Continue Reading

Educator Advocates Have Been Heard

Last week I got an exciting email from Learning Forward’s President, Stephanie Hirsch. The subject of the email read, “The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies voting to reinstate Title II funding.” Lawmakers in Washington put $2.1 billion back into the federal budget and it will go to… Continue Reading

You Never Know When

A teachable moment can be thought of as a quick moment in time when a student’s interest in a specific subject is at its highest, usually because of a conversation or immersion in a situation that brings on curiosity. Who knows when one might occur in your classroom? I was first introduced to the idea… Continue Reading

Real Life Math Really Does Happen

John Urschel is is an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. He is also currently pursuing his doctorate in applied mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a recent commentary in Education Week he said, “In some sense, everybody has to become a mathematician. We all face problems that require mathematical concepts. The better… Continue Reading

Thinking About a Professional Community of Practice

Different teaching assignments, new class rosters, new schedules, perhaps a different building administrator, and returning colleagues, all of these are annual traditions that teachers embrace at the start of every new school year. I would like to suggest teachers add professional relationships and professional learning to their lists at the opening of the 2017-18 school… Continue Reading

You Can and Do Make a Difference

If you were asked to describe the best professional learning experience you have ever had, what would you say? Would you say it fit your needs perfectly? Would you say you were provided with individualized considerations? Would you say you were able to take the experience and share it with your colleagues? Would you say… Continue Reading