Can you believe how brutally cold it has been outside?! Michigan, along with much of the North, has been under a deep freeze all week. Education writers across the country must have found warmth by flexing their finger muscles at their keyboards because they have been churning out fantastic content all week! My newsfeeds have been chock-full of incredible education articles and insights—I had a hard time choosing which pieces to share with you in today’s post!
I’d love to know: What are your favorite go-to sources for great education content? Please tell me in the comments below.
Here is this week’s edition of Ed Links, a collection of our favorite education-related articles from around the web this week. Enjoy!
In ASCD’s February edition of Educational Leadership, Greg Anrig discusses a growing body of research that “shows that collaboration between teachers and administrators – not confrontation – improves student outcomes” in How We Know Collaboration Works.
Learning Forward’s February edition of JSD is filled with excellent content devoted to the topic of coaching, a subject pretty near and dear to our hearts here at IEE. While access to much of the content does require a membership, there are two fantastic articles available for free download that I highly recommend for anyone interested in professional learning:
Problem solvers: Teacher leader teams with content specialist to strengthen math instruction by Sara Zrike and Christine Connolly. “A district math content specialist and a teacher leader use classroom observations to pinpoint strengths and challenges in math instruction, followed by common planning time that focuses learning around the results.”
Principals boost coaching’s impact: School leaders’ support is critical to collaboration by Les Foltos. “Successful coaching is a result of an interdependent relationship between principals and coaches.”
This week on Edutopia, Matt Davis updated his thorough list of Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas. I’m drooling over all of the Twitter resources!
Lorna Keane gives us 5 Common Myths about Teaching with Technology on the Fishtree Blog.
On Teach Different, A.J. Juliani compiled an extensive list of 100 Books Every Teacher Should Read. While you’re there, check out the 20% time, or “Genius Hour,” project A.J. is bringing to classrooms. It’s brilliant!
I am loving this piece by Angela Watson on The Cornerstone: Avoiding Discouragement When Teaching Can Be a Thankless Job. “…I think the most important part of avoiding discouragement in a thankless job is believing deeply that you are making a difference, even when you can’t see it.” Spot on.
That concludes this week’s edition of Ed Links. I’ve said it before, educators, and I’ll continue saying it: Thank you for everything you do for your students. Every day. You don’t hear “thank you” nearly as often as you deserve.