Tag Archives: Professional Development

PLC Series: January Round-Up

This month we focused on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing. Revisit your favorites or find one you missed in the below collection  of posts, content and other related links that supported our thinking this month.

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The Best of the 2016 PLC Series

2016 was rich with content, conversation, and camaraderie in our Professional Learning Community blog series!  Thousands of educators like you pushed your thinking through reading, sharing, and discussing the videos, articles, book chapters, and more. No doubt students all over the country and even all over the world have received the benefits of your dedication to professional learning.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular posts of 2016!

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PLC Series: Build Understanding Through Talk

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

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You might already use the the practices of “turn and talk” during reading, but what about during other content area lessons?

In order for students to clearly express mathematical understandings, they need daily opportunities to practice using the specific academic language related to this content area. In this clip, taken from Sue O’Connell’s On Demand course, notice how students are given ample time not just to think through their response, but to share this thinking verbally with a partner.

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PLC Series: Math as Communication

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

If we want students to perceive math as a process of communication versus performance of correct answers, we need to create routines and space for them to ask questions, verbalize connections and practice applying the vocabulary of mathematics.

In this clip from Steve Leinwand’s On-Demand Course, powered by the Heinemann Digital Campus, you’ll notice that he ignites conversation—and instant engagement— by presenting a scenario and asking: Any questions that a reader of this sentence might have?

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PLC Series: The Mathematics of Hope

Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.

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"When students spend all their time in math class answering discrete questions to which the answers are either right or wrong, it is very difficult to develop a growth mindset or to believe that mathematics is about growth and learning."    -Jo Boaler

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Mathematics education expert Jo Boaler believes that if teachers can shift their mathematics classrooms from places of performance to places of struggle, students will be able to harness the mindset necessary to grow as learners. In addition to sharing research findings about how brain growth occurs when errors are made, Jo elaborates on a list of practices that need to disappear as well as describes clear changes that need to occur in math classrooms in the United States.

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