Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
Author: Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)
Intrigued by the world of podcasting? This Five-Minute Film Festival features videos, resources, and articles to help any educator get started using podcasts in the classroom as a learning tool.
Author: Suzie Boss
Check out this Australian elementary school that lives up to its vision of being "a place of optimism, excitement, and challenge."
Author: Christina Wright
By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.
Author: Mark Phillips
Students deserve a say in running their schools and districts, and board members could easily make room for student representatives to share their wisdom and insight.
Author: Alice Keeler
Gamify a classroom by introducing a fun narrative, reframing assignments to fit into that narrative, and making students care about the outcome.
Author: Jenny Grabiec
Google Hangouts can be an accessible, low-cost tool for teaching educators about technology or turning snow days into PD sessions -- among many other possibilities.
Author: Heather Wolpert-Gawron
Using project-based learning, a middle-school teacher proposes tackling with students the antiquated practice of Daylight Saving Time.
Author: Patrick Cook Deegan
Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.
Author: Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien
Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.
Author: Tracy Collins
Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.
Author: Elena Aguilar
School improvement coach Elena Aguilar explains why Teacher Appreciation Day is not enough when it comes to giving gratitude to educators.
Author: Ben Johnson
Teachers, when it comes to student discipline: Do you do the foxtrot, the tango, or swing dance?
Author: Suzie Boss
Interested in creating more student-driven learning experiences, especially in the STEM? Check out these resources and ideas.
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Author: Merle Huerta
By promoting code literacy, schools could improve education equity, offer inclusion for students with ASD, improve STEM proficiency, and build neuroplasticity associated with multilingual education.
Author: David Cutler
Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.
Author: Ben Johnson
As an administrator, I think about the most enjoyable times I have had at school. Frankly, none of them include sitting in my office doing paperwork, disciplining, or attending meetings. The most enjoyable and productive times I have experienced are...
Author: Johanna Rauhala
To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!
Author: Gai Jones
While most people fear public speaking, children can learn from a young age to recognize and embrace the empathy of the people listening to them.