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Professional Learning Communities

Please help me Identify and discuss in detail four activities that would create and sustain a professional learning community in your school or workplace.

School Culture and Differentiated Instruction

What effects do differentiated instruction and professional learning communities have on school culture? How does differentiated instruction reflect the attitudes and values of a school building? How can the development of a professional learning community and differentiated professional development benefit students? Identify

Education K-12 - Positive Support for Children

Provide a positive social environment for children while at the same time delivering academic results" (p. xi). Recall in your own experience as a K-12 student. How did parent support for you vary from year to year (from elementary school to high school)? Please give specific examples.

Parental Roles, Assumptions, and Education

Think of assumptions we make about students and the role their parents play in the educational enterprise. What are some of these assumptions? What assumptions do you have about students in a school you work at or a K-12 school you have attended?

journaling in your math class

Think about the various math standards dealing with algebraic thinking, functions, etc. Describe how you will utilize journaling in your math class to help students master these standards. What will you have students include in their journal entries? How often will they do this? How will you grade or assess their learning?

Writing in the Math Classroom

What is the importance of utilizing writing in math and across the curriculum? Can you also develop an activity which incorporates a writing lesson into math? Consider the following: How would this lesson meet the needs of all learners? Why would this specific writing activity help students master the content? How will this be g

pitfalls of downsizing

Due to budget shortfalls, you have been asked to downsize 10 percent of your staff. What criteria would you use to decide which staff would be laid off? Why?

The Environment's Impact on Learning and Relationships

Article: Reggio Emilia: Catalyst for Change and Conservation (www.ericdigests.org/2001-3/reggio.htm). In the eye of the educators of Reggio Emilia, the environment is the children's "third teacher." Using the web provided, explore the importance of the learning environment and how it affects learning and relationships. Cite

Mary Holland's Excellent Classroom

Watch the video, "Mary Holland's Excellent Classroom" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEULWAE57A). Discuss at least three areas of improvement or three modifications needed to ensure all students are learning effectively. Then compare the characteristics of this teacher to your own personal style of teaching and discuss similar

EEO/EEOC - Dismissal Procedures (Elderly)

Assume you are the department chair and several faculty members in your organization are at retirement age but show no signs of retiring. Unfortunately, their performance has fallen, though not severely enough for disciplinary action, and they are highly paid. You would like them to retire but legally (according to AA/EEO guidel

Mary Holland's Excellent Classroom..

Watch the video "Mary Holland's Excellent Classroom" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEULWAE57A). After viewing, discuss at least five teaching techniques, strategies, that makes this teacher effective and makes this classroom conducive to learning.

action research

What sorts of topics are best approached through action research? Could you design an evaluation study for a program that you are familiar with using these approaches (Curriculum or instruction)? Why or why not?

Student Evaluations and Assessments

Most educational institutuions use student evaluations to help measure faculty performance. Despite their ubiqulty, many faculty argue that students are not qualified or objective enough to evaluate instructor performance. Do you believe student evaluations are valuable additions to faculty performance evaluations, or do you bel

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

Ideally, faculty and staff development should be a proactive process, not a reactive one. What is the best way for educational institutions to conduct ongoing faculty and staff development? Should all faculty and staff be engaged in professional development every year? Should professional development focus more on "problematic"

Affirming Diversity Within the Community

Identify factors that can help you build successful bridges between the educational setting and the community. Describe how these may impact the community and school setting. What are the community resources and social services in your area which encourage parent and community involvement in the school?

Becoming comfortable as the educational authority

Becoming comfortable with authority is one of the first issues that any prospective educator faces. Think about a teacher you liked and a teacher you didn't like. Support your responses. ? How did each exercise authority or power? ? Did he or she win your respect and gain your cooperation? If so, how? Why or why not? ? How

Polygraph "Impact on Employee Morale"

A polygraph test, which monitors core body functions, is used by some employers to verify whether a potential employee is telling the truth during their interview. What are the pros and cons of applying this method and its impact on employee morale?

Baby Boomers and Retirement Age

With so many "baby boomers" employees reaching retirement age, educational institutions are having to or likely will face a shortage of highly qualified employees. What should educational institutions do now to prepare for this anticipated shortage? Why?

Charateristics of a Great Teacher

What five characteristics you think a teacher should possess? I believe a teacher should be warm, compassionate, good listener, and patient and other characteristic you think are important for a teacher to possess?

Human Relations (Workplace)

What are the most important legal issues in the human relations field that have to be addressed in any organization and how should the organization respond to these legal issues?

Sexual Harassment - Workplace

Over the past ten years, the Supreme Court has heard a number of sexual harassment cases. Analyze the implications these cases have for organizations regarding issues such as same-sex harassment, the responsibility of the organization in sexual harassment cases, and the determination of harassment when the threat is not carried

Tracking and Grouping

What are the unique challenges and rewards of integrating kids labeled "disabled" into mainstream classrooms? How can these observations be applied to ideas regarding tracking of non-disabled students and grouping by ability in the classroom? Provide an example from your own experience or suggest ways you could work with student

Non-Heterosexual Parents and Kids

Is it better for gay, lesbian, asexual, transsexual or parents with these orientations to simply seek out more "liberal" schools for their children? Does your school district resemble Lakeville or his new arts high school in Minneapolis? How can teachers help such students feel valued and safe in the classroom where the school c

Differentiation from a Personal Teacher's Viewpoint

Does differentiation make the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher? Why or why not? Describe a time when you were working on something or learning about something and it felt like time flew by. How will you create that same experience for students? How will you identify potential high-interest areas in y

Differentiating math instruction as a whole is discussed.

Differentiating instruction takes time and meeting the needs of the learners requires extra time spent on planning and implementation, how do you propose to ensure you include this in your class each day? What will your differentiation in math look like? Whole group? Small group? Homogeneous or heterogeneous?

Physical Disabilities/OHI Characteristics

What are the characteristic of Spina Bifida? What will a student with this disability likely need when educated in the classroom? How can teachers accommodate these needs?

Differentiation Lesson Model

To meet the needs of a wide range of learners, teachers must be able to differentiate instruction. Select a lesson or activity. Share three ways that you might differentiate your chosen activity. Consider advanced learners, struggling students, and those who may require alternate approaches to accessing the material in your resp