5 Benefits of EdCamp Professional Development

Whitney ChoateBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better

In This Post: An overview of professional development designed to empower educators: EdCamps! The four major benefits of EdCamp professional development. So much is changing in the way that we teach in our classrooms. Teachers are facilitators of learning rather than providing direct instruction all day, every day. Students are encouraged to follow their passions and learn other content and … Read More

Podcasts for Professional Development

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Tech Better

In This Post: Podcasts as convenient and timely professional development. Personalized your learning with podcasts. Ways to grow as an educator by listening to podcasts. Professional development for educators can take many forms. It can be a conference, an EdCamp, a Twitter chat, and even… a podcast. Effective professional development ignites educators. It sparks their passion for this profession. We … Read More

Personalized Learning for Professional Development

Jacqueline GoodburnBlog, Professional Development, Tech Better

In This Post: Ways to improve your professional development days by including personalized teacher learning! The importance of useful, relevant professional development. Specific suggestions on how to include teacher voice and choice in professional learning. Professional development often becomes the running joke when teachers get together. They comment on how the speakers had great ideas, and then the speakers were … Read More

Teaching Writing for Student Voice

Katelynn GiordanoBlog, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

In this post: The importance of providing freedom for students in your writing instruction. Strategies to use when teaching writing to shift the focus to student voice. My experience and background in empowering student writers. When we think about teaching writing, we often associate it with the traditional 5 paragraph essay, a regimented guide, or a ready-made curriculum. There’s a … Read More

Strategies to Increase Critical Thinking Skills in students

Matthew JosephBlog, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Personalize Student Learning Better

In This Post: The importance of helping students increase critical thinking skills. Ways to promote the essential skills needed to analyze and evaluate. Strategies to incorporate critical thinking into your instruction. We ask our teachers to be “future-ready” or say that we are teaching “for jobs that don’t exist yet.” These are powerful statements. At the same time, they give … Read More