Focus On Teaching: The Benefits of Implementing Inquiry-Based PD

Presenting teachers with choices during professional development can increase engagement and provide an archetype that they can use in the classroom. Exposing teachers to inquiry-based PD experiences provides a strategy that could be used to drive student learning. Giving teachers the opportunity to brainstorm key questions encourages inquiry and establishes autonomy and ownership of the…

Focus On Teaching: Whole Class Texts vs Choice Texts

There is a debate among educators as to whether whole-class texts or choice texts should be the main focus for reading with class periods. Educators who closely follow the “reading workshop” model believe that selecting one text for the entire class will be counterproductive due to the fact that the students did not choose that…

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)…