As many of you have begun the 2013-2014 school year (or will begin soon), do you see new trends in education emerging? For example, eSchool News published an article "Five education trends for the new school year" by Meris Stansbury (August 23, 2013) which discussed the following favorite trends for this school year:
Funding for Common Core
Creating your own eBooks
Assessments for flipped learning
e-Rate changes and broadband funding
Coding, programming, and the arts
Within her article, Stansbury offers additional links to other articles that provide deeper insights into these five specific areas.
What do you think of these trends? How do they affect your teaching?
Are there other trends that you see as impacting education and your instruction?
Professional development should always be a top concern for educators. PD is how we learn about new standards, how to incorporate new technology and energizes us to create more effective and engaging lessons. I have worked for three different schools and each one used their faculty meetings and PD days differently. Only one of those schools used almost every PD minute for faculty training. Even the chairperson spent time having teachers reflect upon their lessons and exams. More attention should be given to offering Professional Development opportunities.
Thanks, Rebecca, for your comments. I agree that faculty meetings are better served as teacher training opportunities than time rehashing old problems. We have a Thinkfinity: Community: Professional Development space within Thinkfinity where we concentrate on questions regarding PD for teachers and offer webinars. You may want to check out that area of the Community.