Exploring what makes great PD

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creating a culture for school improvement

Rosie Neill

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Growth mindset: what you need to know

Posted by Rosie Neill on 4/10/18 11:18 AM

Over the past few years, the concept of a 'Growth Mindset' has become increasingly popular.  Discovered by Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, growth mindset is the idea that our intelligence isn't fixed. Dweck found that students who believe they can develop their basic abilities and improve themselves have greater motivation and higher achievement than those who see their abilities as fixed and unchangeable.

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What kind of professional development do teachers really want?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 3/23/17 11:47 AM


Discover PD that teachers really want

We recently asked 1000 teachers what professional development activities they would prioritize if they were in control of their PD, and received some interesting insights.

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Action plan for a good professional development budget ROI [Podcast]

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:26 PM

America spends over $18 billion dollars a year on teacher professional development.

In this podcast, Shawn Edmondson, CEO of IRIS Connect and Mike Fleetham, Expert Education Coach and Consultant, discuss how you can ensure you are investing this money wisely to see a real impact on teaching and learning.

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Using video for teacher PD: 10 Ideas

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:21 PM

Research shows that using video for teacher PD is a tool that has significant benefits. By putting the teacher in control of their own PD, video takes simple lesson observation further.

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The fear factor to the peer factor

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:19 PM
"The power of collective capacity is that it enables ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things." - Michael Fullan, Learning is the Work

Sharing helps you to build and maintain successful learning communities, where you can swap skills and knowledge with your colleagues and be inspired by the teaching and learning taking place across your community.

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Coaching and mentoring: What’s the difference?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:15 PM

It's understandable that you might think coaching and mentoring are the same thing, but they're not. However, both have their benefits and can be used for different purposes to improve your teaching.

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Take responsibility for your own professional learning

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:07 PM

Responsibility to your PD

How can you take matters into your own hands this year to ensure that both you and your students are getting the most out of your teaching?

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The Man in the Mirror

Posted by Rosie Neill on 2/23/17 3:05 PM

The Importance of Teacher Self-Reflection for PD

To reflect on your teaching is to give your practice deep thought. You should use self-reflection to consider questions such as: Why do some of my teaching methods work better than others?

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