Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Connecting to Your Teaching
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Connecting to Your Teaching

Image of a notebook with the following text displayed: Reflect: As you reflect on these questions, jot down your responses or discuss them in a group.

Reflecting on Your Practice

  • How might you identify and use service learning opportunities to help students understand more about their own community?
  • How do you plan for a guest speaker in your classroom? How do you prepare students for a guest speaker? How do you prepare the speaker?
  • What are some different skill level issues that you address in your own classroom? What strategies have you found most successful in addressing these issues?
  • What advice would you give to a teacher who is planning to engage students in identifying a community-based project?

Taking It Back to Your Classroom

  • Ask students to research a topic and develop a way to present the information to others. For example, students might create a booklet on Black History Month to display in the library.
  • Have students share what they have learned about the topic with younger or older students. Then ask your students how sharing their knowledge can be a service to others in their school community.
  • Have students collect newspaper articles about individuals or groups involved in a community project. Make a bulletin board or display titled People Who Make a Difference, and ask students to nominate classmates, schoolmates, or people in the community to include on the bulletin board.
  • Ask students to identify contributions they can make in their classroom, school, and community, and then have students make that contribution as part of a class project.

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