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Professional Development Articles

Self-directed professional development in SD#23

May 15, 2020 jjamison

We are asking all COTA members to fill in the self-directed professional development plan by June 30th for this summers pro-d. If you do not have a contract for next year, you can wait until you receive one. If you are on a leave, you can fill in the form once you return. TTOCs are not required to do professional development. However, we encourage you take part in professional development for your…

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How to Make Effective Videos for Learning

May 13, 2020 jjamison

Instructional videos can help students learn at their own pace and free up time for teachers to support students individually.

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7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching from Home

May 13, 2020 jjamison
7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching from Home

Understanding the “why” behind teaching practices can help parents create meaningful and effective at-home learning opportunities during the pandemic. By Laura Lee April 3, 2020 Michael Glenwood Gibbs / theiSpot As millions of students across the K-12 spectrum shift to at-home learning because of the coronavirus threat in the United States, parents are scrambling to understand their new…

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The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle

May 13, 2020 jjamison
The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle

Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. Here are four strategies to incorporate productive struggle into your lessons. By Rishi Sriram April 13, 2020 A. Richard Allen / theiSpot It was a simple experiment, but it changed the way we understand learning. Two groups of 8-year-olds tossed beanbags at a target three feet away.…

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Teachers' Most Common Tech Issues-and How to Fix Them

May 13, 2020 jjamison
Teachers' Most Common Tech Issues-and How to Fix Them

Teachers’ Most Common Tech Issues—and How to Fix Them After fielding his fellow teachers’ tech problems for two months, the writer has an eight-step DIY plan for addressing them before calling the IT department. By John S. Thomas May 5, 2020 vorDa / iStock Using technology in the classroom is challenging. Take the same devices and implement home learning, and we’re talking about…

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