It’s happening right now. Really it is. We have three Sustainable Content Teacher Memberships open for enrollment right now, with amazing teacher- content coaches just waiting to support you, provide you with materials, and get you confident in your course.
Here’s the thing. As much as we, meaning myself and the amazing content coaches on my team love to teach and are absolutely reaching thousands of students, that’s not the only kind of impact we want to have.
We believe in empowering teachers. Building their confidence, and most importantly, removing huge chunks of their to-do list (without sacrificing effectiveness of course) so they can focus more on what this pandemic has taught us is truly important about what we do… making connections with our students. That’s it.
When your students are connected to you and within your classroom, they perform better. But most teachers, especially those new to their content...
AP® Psychology, Intro to Psychology, Sociology, Hybrid Psychology, American History, Honors American History, Women and Minority Studies… all courses that I taught in my ten years in the classroom. In each course I did have some materials from former teachers or current teams that were willing to collaborate, but I had to learn the content and standards of each of these courses… and this is nothing novel. I’m betting you’ve had a similar experience whether you’ve had multiple preps or had to teach a new course.
And as I shared in last week’s episode, a teacher who has to focus on learning the content they teach, although that is important, is less able to focus on their students’ growth.
I’d like you to have both. Know the content, well enough at least, and get to connect with kids and focus on their growth… all without having to sacrifice your evenings and weekends to do so.
My mission here at Teach On...
The conversation and debate around what is best for students, and what impacts learning most is not a new one in the human experience. It's been hotly debated for quite some time.
What impacts student learning most?
Are tests the best way to measure student learning?
Or, wait, don’t tests hinder learning?
How does technology impact learning?
Standards-based, flipped classroom, project-based, problem-based, student centered, backwards planning, flexible seating...
Wow - so many things. So many ways to impact student learning.
How in the world do we know what strategies impact students the most?
That's just it... there is no ONE strategy that will impact student learning more than another.
... there is one person.
If you're reading this post, this is probably no surprise to you that teachers are the number one influencer on a student's learning.
But I don't want to just say that and claim it as truth. I want you to see for yourself.
Have you ever heard the phrase that the best way to learn something is to teach it? Or have you ever, instead of you, yourself teaching a concept, had your students take over to teach it because you knew they would have to learn it first?
You’ve experienced this yourself. The only way to be able to teach something is to learn it first. And this is why teaching can be so hectic, especially if you’re told you’re teaching a new subject or course within your certification. First you have to learn it, then you have to get into the complexities of best practices in teaching that specific content. Talk about time consuming, right?
But what if it didn’t have to be that complicated?
What if we approached it not as a teacher, but instead as expert learners?
In this episode I’m diving into how teachers are not teachers, they are expert learners of their specific content, because gone are the days where you can just talk at kids and...
Video 2 of the 3 part content coaching series comes out TOMORROW!!!
I want to give you a sneak peek here. Check it out...
And here's a little behind the scenes action of my set up so I could demonstrate some key understandings...
Gotta love my HUE camera :)
I'm just so darn excited that many new and veteran teachers are joining our group. I am hearing from many of you of how you feel supported in this membership, and that is EXACTLY what my hope and goal is - for you to feel supported and not like you need to do ALL of the heavy lifting in preparing for the course, alone.
I have got you!
I don't want you to have to burn the midnight oil staying up late every night after you've put your own kids to bed, or work all evening as soon as you get home. Leave work at work without the guilt and stress of feeling like you aren't prepared and are some how letting down your students.
NOPE! I'm done with that, and I want you to be...
I've got the first of THREE content coaching videos ready to go for you and it will be sending out, arriving to your email inboxes THIS Wednesday (July 24, 2019)!
I have to say that this may be one of my favorite videos I've made, and as a flipped classroom teacher, I've made a lot of videos.
Something I haven't done more than once or twice before is switch between my web camera and my document camera. So, by doing just that in this video I was able to speak about the content over my slides (more helpful for those of you taking some notes) AND demonstrate my thinking and teaching on paper! I loved it, and I know you will too.
Here's a few screenshots of the video to give you a sneak peek of what's coming...
If you didn't catch my Facebook Live about this training, I highly recommend you do so, because I give a sneak peek there as well.
I'm going to help you feel confident about teaching the normal curve to your students this...
Welcome to Part 5 of our Content Coaching Series. Be sure to go back and check out each part of the series to learn more about this new(ish) way to support teachers, and new ways that I would like teachers to be supported through content coaching (part one, two, three, four).
The one-on-one coaching model in education is great because a solid relationship is able to form, and more personalized coaching can take place, and impact is made on the classroom and students. Think of an instructional coach (or any kind of coach) you've worked with. I'm hoping it was a positive working-relationship, and I'm sure you gained great value from it because there was one-on-one work.
The catch is that one-on-one coaching, as in all industries, not just in education, is a large time and financial investment. Even still, it's the ideal solution in many cases, however, not all. Not all situations need a huge time or financial investment, especially when time and finances...
Scratch that! This advice is for all teachers. Although I give this advice from the perspective of AP Psych, it totally applies to all courses who summation is wrapped up into one big test. Here it is...
Some of you are totally giving me an eye roll right now, as if to say, really - I'm ready a blog post for that advice?!?!?
You're dag-on right you are. And here's why...
There is SO MUCH out there to align your course to. Every textbook company says they've got the latest and greatest resources, which many of them do. Their handouts and activities can be great resources, but you don't necessarily want to be using their resources in the area where alignment matters the most. That area, my friends, is tests.
When it comes to aligning the assessments of your course, if the resources are available to you, you need to use the ones that are provided by the company who makes the summative assessment of your course.
I feel like I've been talking a big game about content coaching lately, so I want to back up all that talk with real evidence; real stories from real teachers. First, I want to remind you that I am a teacher. I am not an instructional coach, or even a content coach – at least not in the way that a school district has named me as such. I do have a master’s degree that would qualify me for those titles, but my experience in the classroom has been what’s drawn teachers to me for support and guidance, not a title.
As I’ve been teaching and flipping AP Psychology for almost ten years, many fellow AP Psych teachers have reached out and sought advice or sent their appreciation for the videos and various resources I’ve built specific to the course.
This past school year, I was able to branch out a bit from my normal in-the-classroom teaching gig and work one-on-one with a few teachers who were newer to the subject of AP Psychology. To be...
Last week I introduced to you, at least on this blog but maybe not in general, the idea of content coaching and how it can truly change the game for teachers and have an immense impact on student learning. The post started this series we're in, and you can read it by clicking on the image below.
This week, I want to focus on more details about content coaching, and how we can make it as impactful as we hope. And, maybe, just maybe, have a greater impact on the systems of education and the impact we have as teachers.
Let's talk for a hot sec about student choice. It's a thing. It's a big thing. And it should be incorporated into every classroom; at least every classroom that is student centered, values student buy-in, and fosters a collaborative atmosphere.
But what about teacher choice? What impact does it have? Is it something we should consider in our decision making at the school and district or even county level?