I was recently asked to develop a PD session focused on improving classroom questioning. While I was pulling the session together, I kept thinking to myself, I can throw all of the research in the world at teachers. And we can practice writing questions all day. But will this really change practice? As a teacher, it's really hard to accurately assess the quality of your classroom questioning. Probably the only way to get a clear picture of your practice is through video self-evaluation. And because practice makes perfect, this video self-evaluation should occur several times. Keeping all of this in mind I created a video self-evaluation form for teachers to use when considering classroom questioning. At the end of our PD session I asked teachers to commit to a day and time they would video themselves and then use the form to reflect hoping this extension to the classroom would increase the impact of the PD session. Feel free to use this form in your context and modify the criteria to fit your needs!
Canva is one of my new favorite tools. Canva is a super simple, free graphic design site for online and print designs. You can choose from thousands of images and templates to create designs for presentations, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, business cards, posters and tons more. Canva also lets users collaborate and edit together. This would be a perfect tool for students to use to support project based learning. I just created an "Instructional Coaching Menu" for my teachers in less than 10 minutes! Visit Canva's website to learn more and get creating!
Lesson planning ThingLink with links to loads of great resources on effective planning!
Google has just launched new educator groups! These are local communities of Google using educators that learn and share with each other both in person and online. So far, there are about 8 across the US, but more are popping up as we speak! The educator groups website provides information about how to start a local group: http://www.google.com/landing/geg/groups/
Hopefully someone starts one soon in DC!