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Reflection on Learning

Reflection on Learning: Summer 2020

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Based on PLC at Work® and Your Small School

Amid school closures, distance learning, and the uncertainties of COVID-19, it is important for teachers in small schools to focus on what they can control. And key to what can be controlled is clear communication about student learning from one grade level/content team to the next, as we transition from spring 2020 to a new school year this fall.

The summer of 2020 provides educators the opportunity to reflect on equity and access to learning for all students. It is a summer to reflect on and value the work in the classroom as state-mandated testing takes a back seat to teacher assessment. Read more

Looking Beyond the Gap; Pandemic Response and Educational Practices

Exceptional Times, Exceptional Teams: Looking Beyond the Gap

Categories: Pandemic Response and Educational Practices

This entry is the 11th in a blog series called Pandemic Response and Educational Practices (PREP), which aims to highlight and further the important work educators are doing amid the worldwide COVID-19 crisis.

“…he had already learned that exceptional performance in anything is based around something exceptional in the need to do it in the first place.”

—Christopher Waters, Detective Inspector; lead character in On Eden Street: A Kings Lake Investigation (2020) by Peter Grainger

When I’m not reading and being inspired by the recent book by Mike Mattos (he writes one every week, doesn’t he?), I enjoy a wide variety of genres, including mystery series like the one referenced above. When I read this specific quote, I was struck by how this statement captures our current reality—exceptional needs calling schools and teams to exceptional performance. Read more

Online Learning Teaching Tips; Pandemic Response and Educational Practices (PREP)

Online Learning Teaching Tips: How We Can Teach Our Students, Prepare Them for the Next Challenge—and Prepare Them for Life

Categories: Pandemic Response and Educational Practices

This entry is the tenth in a blog series called Pandemic Response and Educational Practices (PREP), which aims to highlight and further the important work educators are doing amid the worldwide COVID-19 crisis.

Based on the upcoming title Rigorous Learning: Preparing Students for a Changing World

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended traditional schooling and created enormous challenges for teachers and schools as they shift to remote student learning. There are numerous difficulties in making this shift that include the adequacy and use of technology, physical isolation, self-management, the daily challenges faced by students and families, and the difficulties of teaching and learning online.

In this blog entry, we will look at some ways to soften and reduce the academic challenges of remote learning, and at the same time consider the use of teaching approaches that help prepare students for a changing world. Read more

Career & Technical Education Teams

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Collaborative Career and Technical Education Teams

Categories: 21st Century Skills, PLC

Based on Collaboration for Career & Technical Education

“CTE” and “PLC” are six letters we don’t often see together.

Career and technical education teachers, authentically working interdependently within teams, has not become a common practice in most schools yet. This is not because CTE teachers do not want to work within collaborative teams—we do! We want to share curricula and reflect on data with colleagues. In most cases, we just don’t know how to establish teams that have a clear common purpose. Read more