I was sitting at our previous System Leaders meeting when the idea of a professional development binder for teachers hit me.  A superintendent was talking about a high-yield instructional strategy and used the analogy of a tool.  We may know what the tool is, but not how to use effectively in diverse situations, where to use it and where not to use it.  Furthermore, I have a plethora of professional learning resources in way over ten binders/documents, but I wanted one binder with all the key resources in it.  With the help of fellow administrators and Learning Services, I came up with a list of sections for the binder.  So far, the teachers have really appreciated being able to keep their professional learning organized and it has helped me identify the key resources that need to be shared.  The teachers bring their LFA Toolbox, with their name on it, to every PD session and staff meeting.  As we learn something new, the teachers insert the resources into the proper section.  I will share more on this as the year progresses.

Binder Sections

Section

Details

Learning For All LFA Self reflection sheet for teachers to use
School Success Plan Our schools SSP
Class Profiles Past achievement data
Class surveys
Learning styles & multiple intelligences
Inclusive Learning Environments Special education accommodations and modification
Universal deisgn
Technology For-As-Of Learning SMART Boards
Document camera
Blogging
Observe-Plan-Do-Check-Act Teaching Learning Critical Pathways
Learning Cycles
Assessment For-As-Of Learning Diagnostic, formative & sumative assessments
Differentiated Instruction & Flexible Groupings Lists of DI strategies
Resource sheets
Gradual Release Poster
Resource sheets
Reading Comprehension Resource sheets
Written Communication Resource sheets
Graphic Organizers Resource sheets
Anchor Charts & Student Exemplars Resource sheets
Higher Order Open-ended Thinking Questions & Critical Literacy Resource sheets
Character Development & Inspiration For All Mural Resource sheets
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About James Bond

I am a Lean educator who hopes to inspire and be inspired by an innovative school community where we all become Global Critical Thinkers Collaborating to Change the World in a Digitally Rich Learning Community Without Limits.

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