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Mathematics and Science Lesson Planning

Colleagues:

Those who have responsibility to plan lessons or support teachers in lesson planning in Mathematics and Science, you must take a deep look at http://www.goorulearning.org/

Gooru Learning is free and something I heard a great deal about at the Idaho Superintendents meeting earlier this week.  To look deeply, ou must register (for free).

Amazing intellectual property and it is shareware–so free for your use and the taking.  Are they on to something at Gooru Learning?  If you have the chance, please let me know what you think!

JW

Teaching Quality

Those close to me professionally know how much I dislike use of the term teacher quality.  It does not serve us well, and does nothing to help our kids and teachers accelerate their work.  It is NOT about the quality of the individual teacher himself, it is in-fact about his teaching quality that we must focus on.  Someone might say this is simply word-play.  Think about it more deeply and I’d bet you will see how one term sets us up for confrontation, and the other term sets us up for better focusing on the behaviors, not the person, and for providing better coaching and other supports to ratchet upward the quality of every teacher.

When we concluded more than 7 years of research behind Power of Teaching–the Science of the Art, we discerned the 44 most powerful teaching behaviors that affect quality of teaching and learning.  The attached video clip provides an explanation of the work and how our research team decided to place the behaviors into coaching categories.  For more information about Power of Teaching, contact NWEA professional development at http://www.NWEA.org

Here goes:

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