Thursday, December 6, 2012

Professional Development Resources

As we begin to address the standards and indicators in our new APPR, we note that there are at least two which address the need for educators to make use of "research-based" and professional resources. The library offers a wide variety of materials which may be of use to you in regard to satisfying this requirement.

Applicable APPR Standards
Standard 3.1 Teachers use research-based practices and evidence of student learning to provide development, including students' cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical developmental levels.

Standard 7.4 Teachers remain current in their knowledge of content and pedagogy by utilizing professional resources.

Professional Development Resources
Are you aware that the HS Library is home to a separate Professional Development collection?    Topics range from books on assessment to bullying to use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.  We also offer professional magazines, such as Reading Teacher, Mailbox, and Scholastic Instructor.  Please see library staff for assistance in finding these materials.  New titles are added regularly - be sure to check OPALS.  And, as always, recommendations are welcome.

Recently added titles include:
The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5
Writing to Persuade: Minilessons to Help Students Plan, Draft, and Revise, Grades 3-8
Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

In addition, be sure to check out the GALE database for education periodicals and reference materials.  For example, if you are interested in learning more about the "flipped classroom" theory, visit GALE and do a search.  There are several articles which describe the pros, cons, and practical application.  Passwords are available from the library media center.

There's an App for That
Common Core Standards By MasteryConnect
"View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core)."