Professional Development Resources

  • PD Article #1: 12 Modern Workplace Skills Our Students Need for Success

    PD Article #1: 12 Modern Workplace Skills Our Students Need for Success

    Modern workplaces are as much a living breathing thing as the world they operate in. They are ever-changing and evolving, and as a result, offer new daily challenges and goals. It’s a collaborative and competitive environment for any newcomer. The best modern workplace skills for students to have foster trust, forge leadership, and create productive results.
    All kinds of organizations seek these kinds of recruits. Luckily the modern workplace skills listed below cover pretty much all the bases.
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  • PD Article #2 10 Web Resources For Becoming A Better Collaborator

    PD Article #2 10 Web Resources For Becoming A Better Collaborator

    I don’t get out of the classroom much once the school year has started. There are jokes that if a colleague is more than two doors down, we never see each other. This is sad. This changed slightly when we put up the Keurig station in the corner of the room–people filter in and out to get coffee and say hi, but still it’s tough.

    Collaboration is even harder. There seems to be a drought of time–for us we have department meetings once a week. That’s hardly enough to collaborate. Some schools are lucky enough to team teach, co-teach, have daily planning sessions, and get to really dig in and work together. Others are not.

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  • PD Article #3: 13 Educational Tools That Continue to Stand the Test of Time

    PD Article #3: 13 Educational Tools That Continue to Stand the Test of Time

    Educational tools come in all shapes and sizes, from curriculum to methods and mindsets. The modern teacher wields all of these to bring about solid learning outcomes. As a beginning teacher, I listened to every bit of professional development and tried my best to implement it. You can guess what happened—I burned out quickly. The amount of advice and new methods was dizzying and often paralyzing. Consequently, I reverted to doing what was familiar.
    Everything that teachers utilize to enable learners to great heights are educational tools. Coming in many forms, these tools are indispensible and worthwhile. There have been many fly-by-night fads and “latest innovations.” That’s why it’s good to know which tools never go out of style, no matter what changes.

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