So basically I would like to give them the ability to chose any memoir that they want to read. But I was thinking it might be more interesting if they had at least 1 other person in the class that read the same book.
But I also want…"
"I can help you turn it into an "ultra-inquiry" unit. I am finishing a guidebook for teacher educators that focuses on using a design process that individualizes professional learning.
After reading your message I believe the process…"
"Some things I have gotten from him are that:
1 Educators should try to diminish (he says eliminate) grades since they undermine learning.
I have been at some schools who have done this very well and students have a pure joy of learning;
"Lots of great ideas.
I think I have learned most from my co-teachers at previous schools. I was working at a stellar international school in Singapore. I am currently teaching in Tokyo, but I would have to say I am not learning much from my…"
"PD is often hit or miss. I have gone to great PD where I left excited to put ideas into effect, but I have also attended some PD where they are not saying anything new, or even worse saying things which I think are wrong. At some schools PD is just…"
"Interesting question. I tend to agree with the camp that questions the format used in most schools today with the one size fits all presentations rather than working on individual's needs for development. That being said, I can understand how…"
"One person I've come to depend on for useful ideas in higher ed is Mary Ellen Weiner, who operates the Teaching Professor Blog at FacultyFocus.com.
Her posts are not limited to my teaching area (nonfiction writing) but I find a…"
"Brady, I attend many online courses and webinars in fields outside education. From what I've seen, your observation about what people want from professional development, regardless of the field, is "the how not the what and the…"
"PD is a source of contention at all levels, from Elementary to Secondary to Admin. I have been present at some that were immensely valuable and impact-full but also, at others that were a complete waste of time. Most that were educator…"
I agree 100% and really appreciate your insights. I have also noticed that in higher education settings, teachers often feel that the "generic" concepts of improving teaching and learning do not directly link to their subject…"
"I worked in the '80s for an educational service agency that sells professional development programs to school districts. My observation was that most of the PD programs failed to meet teachers' perceived needs for one or more…"
"Would you see the value of a 50/50 relationship when choosing PD topics or events? Organizations have responsibilities to provide PD, but there would be space for individual choice too. In your teaching/learning environment, are you given any…"
I agree. I have been using the UbD curriculum model since 2008 and it works great. I know that I tell myself I allow for a constructivist student-centered approach to unit and lesson planning, but the truth is I am a lot more…"
"I haven't read all of Kohn’s works, but I've read few of them about education and I fully support his view on some issues. To be exact, I also believe in a constructivist account of learning. I think that…"