As we begin each new school year, let us remember the fine nuances and the distinguishing essence of that proud word: TEACHER.
Let us be reminded of the tools you have at your command, because of your talents, your traits and your training...and because you chose to become a TEACHER.
TEACHER - you are a poet, as you weave with your colorful magic language a passion for your subject. You create a vast and grand mosaic of curiosities to imagine, secrets to unfold, connections only to begin the cycle of learning.
TEACHER - you are a physicist, as you bring magic, logic, reason and wonder to the properties, changes and interactions of our universe.
TEACHER - you are a maestro, a master of composing, as you conduct and orchestrate individuals' thoughts and actions from discordant cacophony into harmonic resonance.
TEACHER - you are an architect, as you provide each student a solid foundation, but always with a vision of the magnificent structure that is about to emerge.
TEACHER - you are a gymnast, as you encourage the contortions and gyrations of thoughts and the flexing and strengthening of ideas.
TEACHER - you are a diplomat and the ambassador of tact and sensitivity as you facilitate productive, positive interactions among the multiplicity of personalites and cultures and beliefs.
TEACHER - you are a philosopher, as your actions and ethics convey meaning and hope to young people who look to you for guidance and example.
As you prepare for your first day and each day
when your students enter and you encounter their attitudes,
ranging from eager, enthusiastic anticipation to uncomfortable, uncertain apathy,
recall the powers you have within...
from poet to philosopher...
and present yourself to those students as a person
worthy of the noble title: TEACHER.

Trish Marcuzzo, Omaha Public Schools from The First Days of School, Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc.



A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This YouTube video presents a unique vision on K-12 students today.

This is the Woodland Hills School District formative observation document that is based on the PDE 426,427, 428 which originated through the work of Charlotte Danielson Enhancing Professional Development: A framework for teaching:

This is the Woodland Hills School District walk-through observation document that is based on the PDE 426,427, 428 which originated through the work of Charlotte Danielson Enhancing Professional Development: A framework for teaching. Also included is a glossary of research-based practices:

PowerPoint in PDF format that describes data-based instructional practice:

Marzano explains the critical aspects of school reform:

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest reviews the evidence on how teacher professional development affects student achievement:

This is a toolkit of practical ideas for differentiating instruction to accommodate the needs and interests of all students:

The Learning Focused Schools website http://www.learningfocused.com/ offers dozens of ideas for differentiating instruction and creating a variety of teaching and learning strategies. This document includes a variety of graphic organizers:

This document provides guidelines for asking more powerful questions:

Tools for Schools is a regular publication of the National Staff Development Council. The May/June 2007 issue deals with using classroom videos of teachers and students as a powerful professional development tool:

Evidence Based Solutions is a resource booklet from the Success for All Foundation that identifies research-based practices to support differentiated instruction and inclusive education strategies:

Ways to organize and manage the classroom to improve student achievement:

What does it mean when instruction is rooted in scientifically based research:

Teachers Teaching Teachers, from the National Staff Development Council (NSDC), explains how beliefs influence teaching and learning:

Bloom's Taxonomy may be vintage 1956, but there's still something to be learned from it for levels of questions and critical thinking skills. These charts serve as a reminder of the levels and representative verbs for each level:

These websites also reinforce the usefulness of Bloom's Taxonomy:

An article from WHSD High School Principal, Dan Stephens, from the work of Ruby Payne: