Focus on Teaching: PLCs Can Impact Teacher Innovation

Collaboration within professional learning communities (PLCs) helps teachers innovate in the classroom. More teacher collaboration improves student outcomes, according to Edutopia. Effective PLCs share a common definition of student success measures. Beware! A poorly functioning PLC can stifle innovation if the end-result is all teachers doing the same thing. Successful PLCs embrace productive conflict and…

Focus On Teaching: Questioning Strategies

Asking questions is a strategy that educators use in daily lessons as a check for understanding. The key is asking the right types of questions at the right time in the lesson. Dr. Doug Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey recommend four types of questions for use with students: (1) What does the text say? (2)…

Focus on Teaching: Creating a Culture of Coaching

Instructional coaching is a constructive form of professional development for K-12 schools, and the key to its success is embedding it into the culture of the school, according to Edutopia’s school leadership blog. Instructional coaching has the ability to enact change in a school or an entire district by creating a mindset on constant improvement.…