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Talking Too Much

In this brief video excerpt from a meeting about colleague visits, teachers consider the thorny issue of why they talk so much when they want to listen more.

The Habit of Reflection

In this quick video excerpt from a teacher meeting on peer observations, the participants talk about why developing the habit of reflection after instruction (either alone or with colleagues) is...

Learning from a Lesson Study

In this video excerpt from a lesson study group, Jason DiCarlo leads a group of third-grade teachers in a discussion of changes they have made to their teaching based on...

Text Sets for Reading Groups in Fourth Grade

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan support two fourth-grade teachers by suggesting text sets based on assessment data and small-group needs.  

Making PLCs Work: Shifting the Tone

Our weekly professional learning community (PLC) meetings were sailing along. Each week they started with pleasantries and chitchat. Usually, someone had curriculum questions that needed to be answered. I tried...

Professional Development Offerings for the New Year

I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they learn.                                                                     Albert Einstein A few years ago, my daughter entered a drug awareness contest....

Making PLCs Work: Getting Teacher Input

The teaching staff in my district is given an extraordinary gift each week. Every classroom teacher is given 50 quiet, uninterrupted minutes to collaborate with his or her grade-level team...

Essential Resources for Building Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities, or PLCs, have become almost ubiquitous in US schools. Most educators are aware of this philosophy for structuring collaborative teacher learning. Yet common knowledge of the best...

Loaf and Invite Your Soul

I loaf and invite my soul, I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. These lines from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself silenced the high...

A Writing Marathon for Teachers

Five of us meet on a beautiful Pacific Northwest Saturday morning at a park that overlooks the falls. After we connect about our summers, I begin with an excerpt from...

Meeting Snapshot: Sharing Resources

Jason DiCarlo explains the importance of previewing resources and not just giving them to teachers, as well as linking the text directly to current work. In this video example, Jason...

Better Meetings Through Reflection

Think of the hours most of us spend in meetings. There are professional learning community meetings, staff meetings, grade-level meetings, curriculum meetings, data meetings, student intervention meetings, study group meetings,...

Picture It: A Mentor Text Is Like . . .

Looking for a way to assess the effect of your professional development sessions on teachers? Try having them compare your area of focus to an everyday object. This picture is...

Picture It: Museum Walk with Quotes

When transitioning from one focus to another in a professional development session, we find that using quotes gives teachers a taste of new learning through another person's perspective.  At the...

Takeout Book Club

Book clubs are a rewarding opportunity for educators to continue growing in their profession while reading the latest in professional resources and collaborating with colleagues. But with the hustle and...

Twitter Book Chats

Cultivating a culture of learning and collaboration among teachers and support staff is a responsibility of all coaches. But everyone is dealing with overstuffed schedules, and finding the ability to...

Expanding Study Group Communities

Jennifer Allen explains how a simple bulletin board in the literacy room can expand the learning from individual study groups to the whole school teaching community.

Study Groups That Nourish the Soul

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.                                                                                                  Carl Jung Steven Wozniak was part of a...

Reactions to the Book Paper Things

Teachers discuss Jennifer Richard Jacobson's book Paper Things in a study group.  

Meeting Snapshot: Checking In

Jason DiCarlo launches the monthly lesson study with the first-grade team by checking in on learning since the last meeting—what was applied from the previous study (especially when it comes...

Launching Meetings with Video

Nothing brings people together more than shared experiences.                                                                         Jimmy Fallon There is nothing like that awkward silence that inevitably surfaces at the start of meetings or professional development sessions....