Shared Best Practices

The Best Practice section of the Performance Pyramid recognizes that when professional educators share effective practices with each other, the teaching and learning culture is improved.

Motivating Students in Inner City Schools

  • We decided to focus our capstone on motivating students in inner city schools. Both of us have experiences in districts that qualify as low-income or inner city, and had trouble with motivatng students, so we wanted to find some answers to a few questions that we had. The following are six questions that we thought anyone entering into a low-income or inner city schools would ask, and the answers tha we gound for them. We hope that our audience is able to gain insight from this information and can apply it to their classrooms if needed. --Alec Fultz and Heather Baker

Sources of Conflicts in Schools

  • The focus of this portion of the pyramid is aimed at identifying how relationships between students and teachers plays a role in the conflicts we see in schools today. The information provided in this link will aid in creating a classroom community that uses conflict resolution skills to solve and prevent problems in schools.

 Education in Finland: An International Perspective

  •  This article gives insight to a country with a successful educational system and how teachers can implement small changes into their own classroom in order to emulate certain aspects of Finland's success. 

Professional Development

  • As a professional educator, continous improvement should be a career long process.  These links provide ways to accomplish lifelong professional development

Teacher Freebies 

  • This page contains links to sites that offer free resources for teachers

Classroom Management

  • This section focuses on classroom management systems and strategies.  Content that is normally taught in EDT 421/521, or EDT 474 for ECE majors is located in this section.  In particular, there is an example Building Management Plan and an example Classroom Management Plan as well as other helpful information and models created by Dr. Brooks, and other education professionals which is incorporated into his EDT 421/521 Classroom Management course.

Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

  • The importance of creating and celebrating cultural diversity in the classroom is essential in all grade levels. This section will help prepare teachers for a diverse classroom. It will guide teachers through activities to help build a strong, diverse, and welcoming community within the classroom. As well as supply assessments to discover any cultural biases you may have.

Meeting The Needs of All Students

  • To meet the needs of a diverse student population, many teachers differentiate instruction. The following link contains information on multi-level instruction, inclusion and differentiation.

Behavior Intervention

  • How the professional educator anticipates and responds to individual and classroom management problems will impact the engagement of the students and student performance. These links offer solutions to help with behavior problems.

Online Masters Programs

  • Most districts require teachers to get their masters degrees within a certain time period.  Teachers have the convenience of earning their masters degrees  online.  This link will take you information on options for online masters programs

Induction Programs

  • This section of the pyramid includes information on Induction Year Programs. It offers a comparison between mentor programs and induction programs and presents the structure of an actual induction program.  This section also offers resources to find more information on induction programs. 

 Technology Integration

  • Technology integration can support curriculum integration in the early grades.   Included are links for research on the integration of science and social studies into math and language arts curriculum as well as shared best practices from other teachers, and resources for teachers and students.

Teaching Writing

  •  This section of the pyramid provides teachers with a variety of strategies and resources for teaching writing. 

Inquiry Based Methods

  • This section of the pyramid includes information on using inquiry in the classroom.

Conflict Resolution and Bullying

  • This section, created by Clare Nikrant and Will Goodspeed, will touch on subjects such as conflict resolution and issues surrounding bullying.  It was further advanced by Maria Schaefer and Chelsea DePompei on the subject of Cyber Bullying. 

School Restructuring

  • The solutions for restructuring schools that have not made AYP have specific remedies for specific situations. Integration and implementation of these methods are propelled by the school intervention models. Other best shared practices can be taken into consideration for schools that have met AYP but are still looking to boost student achievement, such as utilizing concepts found in the circle of support. 

TPA

  • This section will explain the origins, formatting and components, future assessment, statistics, and other information regarding the TPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.  Student teachers and future student teachers can look here for helpful resources while working on the project. 

Service Learning

  • This section includes information about service learning and the implementation of service learning programs. 

Formative Assessment

  •  This section explores the assessment method of formative assessment and addresses the definition and importance of formative assessment, implementation of formative assessment within the classroom, formative assessment techniques and benefits for both teachers and students, and other available resources concerning the topic.  

Transitioning ELL Students

  • This section will provide information about how ELL students transition through their schooling; early childhood to middle childhood.  This information will help teachers to find activities and useful tips on how to teach and help children through the transition.

Universal Design for Learning

  • This sections dives into the practices of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This is a practical way for all teachers to do what they have been taught to do: Reach all the studnets in their classroom. This section provides information and resources for teachers to utilize. 

 Managing Group Work with Supporting Technology

  • This section is meant to demonstrate the best way to manage both group work and technology in the classroom.  Information includes managing stress a student might face through group work, selecting the dynamics of different groups, and finally, how to support groups with projects online.  With the guidelines, etiquette, and examples provided, teachers will be able to utilize the tools of technology to their maximum potential.

Learning Centers

  • This section is designed to educate and promote community learning centers to both the world of educational professionals and society as a whole. The infomation presented inside covers everything from what a community learning center is, to their effectiveness, and where you may be able to locate one to serve you or your community. Community learning centers are a relatively new concept in the world of education but are quickly on the rise. They aim to service not only the education aspect of a community but provide other vital resources to create a strong community.

Solving the Problem: School Shootings

  • This section is designed to educate and raise awareness of the increasing number of school shootings happening today. The information presented inside covers everything from an active shooter profile to possible solutions and local changes in school safety procedures that have occurred because of the most recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

Helping Students Manage Crisis in Life and in Media

  • Columbine, 9/11, Newton School Shootings, Boston Marathon Bombing, Oklahoma Tornadoes.  Our students are constantly bombarded with terrifying images of the challenging world in which we live.  This section provides information for teachers on how to address these issues and provide support to scared, confused, worried and sad students.

Homeless Children

  • This section will provide information on homeless children and how homelessness affects their education. Here you will find reasons for why children are homeless, the educational rights of children who are homeless, and what educators can do to help children and their families who are experiencing homelessness. 

Constructivism as a Strategy to Develop Meaning

  • This section explores the use of Constructivist Teaching as a way to help students learn and better connect with the material in the classroom. Constructivism aims to tear down the walls of the traditional "skill and drill" classroom and create a true learning experience for students through exploration and active participation.

Simulations and PBL in Inquiry Classrooms

  • This section provides information and resources for furthering Inquiry Based Instruction, specifically in a science classroom. It focuses on the use of simulations an triage to help students develop strong decision making as well as focusing on Problem-Based learning to further students understanding of how their decisions affect others and they scientific world they live in.

Impact of Poverty on Teaching and Learning

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Classroom managment can sometimes be difficult for teachers.  This website provides different classroom management strategies.  Each strategy has been categorized by the behaviors teachers typically see in the classroom.

Transitioning

  •  This section discusses the issues students may face when transitioning from one stage in their education to another. Examples of this are from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to college. Students may face complications with their transition if they are not given the time and tools needed to be successful in their new environment. Along with highlighting the issues around transitions in education this section also provides solutions and examples to help students face the academic and social issues they may face when transitioning. 

Sociolinguistics in the Classroom

  • This section discusses sociolinguistics and the use of code-switching in the classroom. Teachers should promote the use of multiple language varieties, and it is important for students to know how to choose an appropriate type of language pertaining to a situation. Having the students' language and culture be part of their education experience will promote the possibility of academic success for all students.  It will connect the student’s home/culture to the classroom which will help the student feel more comfortable. Making this connection will encourage collaboration among students, teachers, and parents. This collaboration will build a sense of community that is vital for a student’s success in and out of the classroom.     
  • Implementing Multicultural Education Across Grade Levels

    • This page provides information about the purpose of incorporaitng multicultural education into teaching, as well as provides strategies across levels for doing so.

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