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John Evans

A Principal's Reflections: Autonomy Breeds Change - 1 views

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    "A year and a half ago I decided to implement a job-embedded growth model at the suggestion of some of my teacher leaders. They desperately sought time during the school day to engage in professional growth opportunities, learn how to integrate Web 2.0 tools, and develop their own Personal Learning Networks (PLN's). After some thinking and looking at various options inherent in the current schedule, I decided to cut all non-instructional duties in half to create a Professional Growth Period (PGP). The inspiration for this idea came from Google's 80/20 Innovation Model where engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. Duties that we cut are now assumed by me and my administrative team."
Phil Taylor

Educating in the 21st Century: You Don't Know What You Don't Know - 13 views

  • I consider myself an open person who will always hear out others' ideas but when a colleague suggested to me that I sign up for a Twitter account, I admit some question marks flowed through my mind. Twitter? Isn't that for celebrities?
  • Sadly, what dawned on me is that as hard as I had once worked as a teacher, I had restricted myself by my own educational paradigm. I had been stuck within a paradigm of 'coverage' and in hindsight I realize that all of the improvements I had made were incremental at best. Now, thanks in large part to my Personal Learning Network, I view teaching and learning through a new paradigm...a paradigm of 'inquiry'. (more on this in a future post!)
Phil Taylor

TeachThought100 Twitter Tips For Teachers - 3 views

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    "100 Twitter Tips For Teachers"
John Evans

I Finally Drank the Kool-Aid! - The Tempered Radical - 3 views

  • Having gained notoriety as a somewhat surly cuss, most everyone was surprised when I emerged as an active proponent of professional learning communities as a form of staff development.
  • more practical reason that educators should embrace learning teams:  Collaboration done right helps to lighten the load for everyone. In the past few years, I've actually seen the time that I invest in planning daily lessons go down as I've taken advantage of learning experiences and materials shared by my colleagues.
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