Resources for Teachers & Instructional Coaches – November 2020

Gobble up these recommended reads for teachers and instructional coaches during this holiday break. Here are a few articles for educators about professional development. This month’s recommendations include using project-based learning assignments during distance teaching, providing students virtual work-based experiences, and lessons learned from educators on how to support parents of younger remote students.

Need some more side dishes for your classroom learning? Try project-based learning

Distance teaching provides an opportunity to use project-based learning, which ultimately encourages authentic work and creativity from your students.

I believe that project-based learning (PBL)—often a key strategy in physical classrooms—can be a critical component of rigorous online learning, and to turning frowns upside down.

Productively Discussing Black Lives Matter with Students Is Possible

Ayodele Harrison reflects on how the learning environment and relationships within schools can affect the student experience. Educators have an obligation to prepare for conversations about race by doing some self-reflection, first. Student conversations about BLM and Black Lives Matter should not be discouraged. Instead, teachers need to anticipate the situation to ensure that the…

Want a Math Coaching Model Validated For Video Observation? Try MQI Coaching

Heather Hill, professor at Harvard, details how the MQI coaching model uses teacher videos, self-reflection, and conversation. The MQI Coaching model combines direct coaching with teacher reflection to aid mathematics teachers to improve their practice. Heather describes how creating routines with coaching cycles can release the cognitive burden off of teachers and coaches, allowing them…

Covid Diary: Clark County School District (Tech & Learning)

Tech & Learning has created a COVID Diary series that follows how educators and administrators at districts are handling teaching and learning during the pandemic. LaRonda Ringold, an instructional interventionist for special education at Clark County School District, highlights Edthena as one of the many technology initiatives that the district is implementing this year. Read…

Instructional Coaching During Covid-19 May Feel Uncomfortable at First

As teachers take the reins and led their own professional development related to using video in teacher learning, the relationship dynamic between teachers and instructional coaches has shifted. What role do instructional coaches play during Covid-19? The ability to record lessons during distance teaching offers teachers the opportunity to evaluate and analyze their teaching practices…