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A professional portfolio creates a unique glimpse into the cumulative interactions a teacher creates with students. Portfolios showcase the teacher’s use of planning, strategies, content, and learning activities to foster student progress in learning. This week, we provide simple suggestions to help create a dynamic professional portfolio.

It's easy for busy teachers to get bogged down in day-to-day tasks. And that doesn't leave much time for you to get reinvigorated about your teaching. Sometimes it's hard to even know where to begin when you're facing the burnout factor. Try one of this week's tips to give yourself and your teaching a much-needed shot in the arm.

Invest time in planning and preparation for the upcoming school session during your summer break in order to make your school year focused and more manageable. This week, we offer suggestions for planning for the upcoming school year.

Effective teachers have consciously made the decision to become professional educators. As professional educators, the goal is always the same: to enhance the learning of students. This week we offer reflection tips to promote effective teaching practices.

For many teachers, the months of summer provide an opportunity for professional development, along with, hopefully, rest and relaxation! This week, we offer a series of tips to promote professional development throughout the weeks between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

Successful teachers continuously evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching style. For professional educators, the goal is always the same: monitor and adjust instruction to increase the learning of all students. This week, we offer tips to help teachers effectively and efficiently evaluate their teaching.

Isolation from colleagues plagues the profession of teaching. Unfortunately, discouragement often keeps isolation company, and teachers begin to operate in “crisis” mode. This week, we offer tips that encourage teachers to build professional partnerships.

Teaching is often an exhausting profession. With little time during the day for planning, who can blame teachers for relying on tried and true lessons? Once new teachers find their rhythm in the classroom, they begin filling their cabinets with lesson plans for every unit they teach. Unfortunately, these lesson plans often remain unchanged for years, and soon both teachers and students find themselves yearning for something a little more engaging. This week, we provide you with a few ways to inject some new life into your classroom.

chool-to-work programs ensure all students a smooth transition from high school to work, college, and/or military training. A typical school-to-work program includes school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities in middle and high school. This week, we look at a variety of ways of promoting school-to-work activities in your classroom.

Grant writing can be an effective strategy in getting instructional projects off the ground and into the classroom. It can also be an art form and full-time profession. Luckily, there are proven strategies to help you in your funding pursuits. This week, we focus on ways to improve your grant writing process.

Effective teachers have consciously made the decision to become professional educators. As professional educators, the goal is always the same: to enhance the learning of students. This week we offer reflection tips to promote effective teaching practices.

Oral articulation of ideas and presentation of materials is an important area in which many students need practice. Regular and frequent opportunities to speak in front of small and large groups should be provided to students. This week, we offer tips to incorporate speaking skills into classroom instruction.

Planning ahead and being well-organized are actions that make the hectic schedule of every teacher much more manageable. This week's tips focus on ways to save time in the classroom and keep your classroom organized and running smoothly.

Most states have established a set of academic standards that identify the explicit content that students need to acquire at each grade level. Generally, academic standards describe what needs to be taught, but not when or how to teach it. The following tips will give you guidance on how to use academic standards to determine what to teach and when. Also, your district or site might offer you additional guidelines to follow while teaching to the state standards.

One challenge faced by instructors is recognizing and interacting with all students each class session. Often it is difficult to foster participation by all students in your class. This week, we present tips to encourage individual student-teacher interaction and participation during each class session.

The use of technology, the Web in particular, has become an important skill for both students and teachers to master. The Internet has a vast amount of information and infinitely many uses, but it takes practice to learn to effectively navigate its resources. This week’s tips focus on finding ways to guide students in their research and use of the Web.

Free Downloads

This reference sheet will help students learn the proper method for citing online resources, based on the MLA style.

This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.

This worksheet allows students to document what they know about a subject, and what they want to know about it. (Similar to KWL, but for any subject and medium.)

This Grant Writing Primer is packed with tips that are critical to any successful grant writer. It is designed for both the novice and experienced writer.

This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.

Use this convenient template to record information that will make any substitute teacher's experience in your classroom a little easier.

This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.

This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.

This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.

Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.

This WebQuest Lesson Planner will give you an easy-to-use design template for creating WebQuests for your classroom.

Use this Content and Skills Planner to incorporate skills into unit lesson plans. Include several levels of instructional plans in your professional portfolio to show your ability to develop both short and long-term goals.

These easy-to-use entrance and exit passes are the ideal tools to use during the onset and closure of daily lessons. Use them to jog students' memories at the beginning of class and/or reinforce learning at the end of class.

This list suggests the types of materials teachers may want to include in a professional teaching portfolio.

Use this quick grant planner to document your ideas for your next grant. The planner is designed to help you identify and record specific information that will be useful for making any request.

Use this form to document the amount of time given to student dialogue and teacher dialogue in a class period.

Use this short evaluation to obtain student feedback about your class. Consider allowing students to submit their forms anonymously to elicit candid responses.

Use this evaluation to get ideas for creating your own or use it "as is" by writing your name and the course name at the top. Distribute one to each student and then, you can either elect to stay in or leave the room while students complete the evaluation. When the class has finished, have one student collect and deposit them in a large brown envelope to be given to you.

Feature Articles

With so many federal dollars pouring into educational think tanks these past years, you may wonder, what's in it for teachers? This month we review a wonderful new guide for educators, What Works in Classroom Instruction, published by the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL for short).

Most teachers have heard something about national accreditation. While relatively few have actually earned the National Board Certification thus far, it is a credential that is receiving more attention each year. Learn what this certification entails, and whether it is right for you.

Summer is a great time to catch up on your professional development and there's no easier way to start about it than reading one of the many books dedicated to theory and practice. This month, we review a selection of titles that is sure to prove an interesting, if not enlightening read.

Professional development activities not only deepen our understanding and skill as professionals, they energize us with a renewed enthusiasm for teaching. Getting those activities funded, however, is a whole different ballgame. This month, Teaching Today investigates what is getting funded and where savvy teachers go to get grant information.

Curious as to whether a new teaching technique is making a real difference in the classroom? Want evidence to show your administrator that your newly implemented strategy works in the classroom? In today's high-stakes environment, teachers need to hone their decision-making process to choose the methods that work best. Action research helps teachers do just that.

Our second annual review of books for educators comes just in time for you to curl up with a volume or two at the beach. In between chapters of that best seller, take some time to read through one of these page-turners. You won't regret it.

Summer is a great time for teachers to get rejuvenated with new ideas and examples of successful classroom strategies. A great source of ideas can be found in either of the two inspiring books we've reviewed this month. Whether you are interested in integrating technology in the classroom or shoring up your teaching methods with what is known about how the brain works, you are bound to benefit from a little extra-curricular reading.

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