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Nov 19 2012

The best teachers

Quality teachers are like master chess players. They see scenarios as they unfold in class, and they are capable of making quick adjustments to ensure students’ needs are met.

  • Professional Development
Nov 27 2012

Pursuing valuable professional development

Portions of the following essay were printed in “The Oregon Science Teacher” in their pre-conference edition in September, 2010. The theme of the conference was “The Pursuit of Excellence in Science Teaching.”  Allan Bruner was the Conference Chair and Past-President of the OSTA when this essay was initially written. He currently serves this chapter affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association as the Comptroller.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “excellence” as:

  • Professional Development
Jul 24 2013

Playworks: A positive recess experience

In addition to reducing bullying and helping to clear the way for improved classroom learning, a positive recess experience has other important benefits. Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics pointed to the indispensable “cognitive, physical, emotional and social benefits” that recess delivers to children.

  • Professional Learning
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Aug 27 2013

What does Finland do for teachers?

I ran across a dear friend, an English teacher, who was in the midst of a week-long “Curriculum Camp” where he and his English colleagues were reading books and discussing how to teach them and how to integrate their instruction with the learning these teachers know students will do in other classes. 

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