Professional Learning Opportunities

CHS Faculty Newsletter - November 2015

READ, REFLECT, AND RENEW

Looking for ideas to support your teaching? Check out these articles for trends and tricks from the education world to enhance your efforts in the classroom. Enjoy!

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn

To tell a student “great job”or “this needs work” is a missed opportunity. Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. And perhaps your student really did nail this latest assignment. But the problem with “great job” is this: it’s not specific. There is no indication of what was done that was successful, and no information about how to replicate this success in future projects.

Do's & Don'ts of Teaching English-Language Learners

The number of English-Language Learners in the United States is growing rapidly, including many states that have not previously had large immigrant populations. As teachers try to respond to the needs of these students, here are a few basic best practices that might help. We have found that consistently using these practices makes our lessons more efficient and effective. We also feel it is important to include a few "worst" practices in the hope that they will not be repeated!

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

In the age of technology, when students use online databases for home research and when Khan Academy tutorials personalize learning, why does the 21st-century student come to school? They come to see their friends. They come for the community. They come to be part of a classroom culture that motivates them to stick with the online tutorial and write that last paragraph in an essay.

10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessments Ideas

Formative assessment: you've heard about it, you've read the research, and you've probably tried it out in your classroom. Whether you're a formative assessment newbie or a veteran, these techniques can help spice up how you check for understanding in the classroom. They range from the classics, like exit slips, to ideas you may have never thought to try.

5 Ways to Make the Most of your Non-Teaching Time

Time. It's the thing every teacher needs more of, and no teacher has enough of. Whether you wish to get deeper into student data analysis or want to spend more time with your own children, no teacher has enough hours in the day to do it all. But with very careful planning of their non-teaching time, I've seen thousands of teachers get more time back in their lives. Here are the top five ways you can make the most of your limited "free" time each week.