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Find out what AAE member Jill Cullis says about how teacher-training programs may have failed to prepare teachers for their work in the classroom in our latest edition of Education Matters. Here is a sample of the article….


I was raised hearing the phrase, “Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. Those that can’t teach, teach teachers.” Although this is a damning statement that greatly offends me as a classroom teacher of 29 years, I have wondered if there is any truth to it - at least the last part of that phrase.


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12 Awesome Formative Assessment Examples
posted by: Garry | November 17, 2015, 05:55 PM

Finding new and unique ideas for formative assessments is always a struggle. However, the team over at the Global Digital Citizen Foundation has some ideas in the following blog, originally posted on their site last April.

Formative assessment tools used in the classroom provide critical feedback to teachers, helping them to monitor and modify their instruction methods and lesson plans. Teachers are better able to meet the unique needs of individual students, empowering them through personalized and timely feedback.


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The Issue of Teacher Licensure
posted by: Garry | November 04, 2015, 11:19 PM

Alabama State Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after 21 years this week. By all accounts, Ms. Corgill was an excellent teacher. She was a National Board Certified Teacher. Her students, colleagues, and principal all spoke well of her. She was a mentor to other teachers and a published author. Moreover, there’s every indication that she loved her students and that she loved her job. What could possibly drive such a talent out of the system?


The answer is teacher licensing.


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It’s an interesting time for people who work in educator professional development. The very way that we pursue teacher development is changing. Part of this stems from the internet, which has made it possible for teachers to seek out their own opportunities beyond the four walls of the school building. Part of this comes from the mounting evidence that the traditional “sit and get” method of professional development doesn’t result in any actual change.


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Five Great Ways to Spend Your Summer as an Educator
posted by: Garry | May 13, 2015, 10:18 PM

Although it may be hard to believe, we’re fast approaching the end of the school year. In most districts, testing is well underway if not complete. For many of us there’s only a few weeks left to wrap up the year before the two months of reflection, planning, and downtime begin.   How you spend those months can have a great influence on what happens the upcoming year.  Here are our suggestions for relaxing, productive summer break:


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We Are Teachers had a great blog post this week from Love, Teach on the mistakes the author made her first year teaching. If you're entering your first year, we hope you don't make the same ones! In fact, we offer AAE first-year teacher members a guidebook to help them organize their first year teaching. If you're a first-year teacher, you can request your copy by emailing profdev@aaeteachersorg. You can read about Love, Teach's mistakes below:

Probably the best piece of advice I can give you if you're heading into your first year of teaching is "Don't be like me." I made way more than five mistakes my first year, but these were the "giantest."  

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