In February 2017, in a speech before the Stanford Board of Trustees, Former Provost John Etchemendy discussed the challenges universities (and honestly, all schools) face in the coming years. He called this problem the ‘threat from within.’ Continue reading
Today our Professional Development was held in the high school auditorium, bringing both middle and high school together for a presentation and mini-training on poverty. Continue reading
“When I think about my school experience, I think of multiple choice and true-false and fill-in-the-blank. I think of a score at the top of the page. What kind of feedback is that?” Continue reading
PD Days are on Wednesdays at Forest City Middle School. There’s a shortened schedule, and students are let out at 2, which means from 2:15-4 is an all-staff meeting/professional development/teacher prep time. Continue reading
Mason City High School has Data Teams, which are essentially groups of teachers within the same discipline that work together throughout the year to better their teaching, create challenging assessments and classroom activities, meet standards, collaborate, and motivate one another. Continue reading
There’s a lot for new teachers to soak up in the weeks before school starts–this I’ve learned in my PD/In-service (Professional Development) Days.
The focus of this week’s PD was centered on staff norms, walk-throughs, and feedback (how feedback should be continual and allow for progress rather than a final grade). Continue reading
People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
This was the opening premise and strongest point I took away from today’s Professional Development at Mason City High School (MCHS). Yes, today marks the first day of student teaching activities! It’s finally happening! Continue reading
The object of this presentation is to discuss the major beliefs and ideas that surround Atheism—whether the belief in the human mind and self-reliance, or the belief in science. The presentation reflects two major ideas: Atheism as a belief system or Atheism as the absence of faith in a higher power.