Teacher Talk

7 Questions in Designing Coherent Instruction

By: Jon Konen | Oct 2, 2017

Is the ability to design instruction an art form, or is it a science? I argue teachers have to be artists while thinking about the science of not only the make-up of their classrooms, but what information should come next in the learning process. Robert Marzano talks about the art ...
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Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources

By: Jon Konen | Sep 18, 2017

Out of the 1000s of textbook companies and instructional resource providers in the United States, how many do you think cover 100% of your states designed teaching standards? Whether your state uses the common core or if your state has decided to design its own standards there is only a handful ...
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8 Questions to Tackle in Setting Instructional Outcomes

By: Jon Konen | Sep 10, 2017

The tale of two districts…as told by an over active planner! One district spent all its money on a new elementary building, but not updating curriculum. The other district spent all its money on curriculum and the school buildings were in major need of repair. As a new teacher, I navigated creating ...
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9 Questions to Tackle in Demonstrating Knowledge of Your Students

By: Jon Konen | Sep 10, 2017

Magic can be seen and heard…I can prove it! Teachers who can connect with any student, even those hard to like students, is something special. You can see them talking, hugging, high-fiving, and complementing these students. In fact, they do it so well, that the student cannot help himself or ...
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10 Questions to Tackle in Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy

By: Jon Konen | Sep 6, 2017

In the late 90’s, many new educators created portfolios to show prospective employers when they went job hunting. It was thought that these employers would spend time digging into the portfolio contents and make a decision on hiring one of us! While I hope many administrators did this, I feel ...
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Get OUT of the BOX! Our Kids Aren’t Succeeding

By: Mary Ribeiro | Sep 6, 2017

Horrified. Saddened. Ticked off. Annoyed. Frustrated. Angry. Stymied. Discontented. Foiled. Irked. Dismayed. These are the words which sit heavily upon my mind today.  Ya see, as my good friend (I wish) Jimmy Buffett and his pal Martina McBride once sang, I’ve made a “trip around the sun” enough times to know ...
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Popping the New School Year Bubble

By: Mary Ribeiro | Aug 22, 2017

School started for us a week ago. It was a shock to my system after having taken three graduate classes over the summer as well as having a treasured month of fun with my second-oldest grandson. At eight years old, he is like every other boy in America—he wants to ...
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Daily 5 and Alternative Seating: 4 Reasons Why They Are a Perfect Fit Together

By: Amy Konen | Aug 6, 2017

After an 11-year break from the classroom, I am finally stepping back into that world and I would not be giving the whole picture if I said it did not make me nervous.  I am excited to put in action all the ideas I know are best practices for kids ...
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Inspired or Just Sweaty?

By: Mary Ribeiro | Aug 5, 2017

We go back to work officially this coming Monday. My brain is not ready and my body is rebelling because it did not get enough summer in the sun thanks to a grueling summer of graduate classes and loads of fun times indoors writing papers and doodling with analytical statistics. ...
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