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The Inspired Teaching Institute is a valuable and thought-provoking experience. I spent a lot of time reflecting, thinking, and reconsidering what I believe about teaching.
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Instigator of Thought – July 2015
Letter from Aleta Margolis, Executive Director
I have the great pleasure of spending most of this month at the Inspired Teaching Institutes, getting to know the outstanding new and experienced teachers who have begun the joyful, challenging work of deepening their practice as Inspired Teachers over the coming year. We teach our teachers to transform their role in the classroom, from deliverers of knowledge to Instigators of Thought®.
An Instigator of Thought asks more questions than she answers. She supports her students as they undergo a productive struggle more than she solves problems for them. An Instigator of Thought creates a safe learning environment and then encourages his students to take risks and move out of their comfort zone.
Over the intensive four weeks of training that kicks off our time together, we act as Instigators of Thought ourselves, modeling our expectations for teachers. Questioning is our primary strategy to provoke deep learning. We guide teachers through the Inspired Teaching 5 Step Process. [Continue reading.]
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PREPARE, SHIFT, MODEL: 2015 Summer Institutes
This July, cohorts of Inspired Teaching Fellows and Teacher Leaders in BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies and SCALE: Science Curriculum Advancement through Literacy Enhancement joined Inspired Teaching for intensive professional development that is intellectually, emotionally, and physically engaging. As part of our work to shift teacher mindset and practice, Inspired Teaching pushes educators – new and experienced – to challenge their beliefs about teaching and learning through a 5 Step Process:
Step 1. Analyze and deepen my understanding of the ways I learn.
Step 2. Articulate and defend my philosophy of teaching and learning, including what I believe about children.
Step 3. Make the connection to classroom practice.
Step 4. Build the skills of effective teachers, including listening, questioning, observing, and communicating.
Step 5. Practice!
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COMMUNICATE, leverage, and elevate:
– On July 7, 2014 SCALE Teacher Leader Eileen Pascucci was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Air Force Association.
– On August 5 and 6, school leaders from across Washington, DC are invited to join Inspired Teaching and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for a citywide STEM Leadership Academy for Principals.
– As we look forward to school year 2015-16, take a moment to read Inspired Teaching’s 2014 Annual Report and review the supporters and programs of the past year.
– Center for Inspired Teaching is proud to partner with the Library of Congress through the Real World History program.
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VISIT Inspired Teaching:
Inspired Teacher Certification Program
July 30, 2-3:30 pm
Join the 2014 Inspired Teaching Fellows for a culminating display of summer school student work at a “Celebration of Student Learning.”
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sammy Magnuson at firstname.lastname@example.org.