Day 8: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

This post right here describes my life (and probably yours) at the current moment. LOL! Can you relate?

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Courtesy of Facebook.

Nevertheless, work must be done, if we plan to continue growing and learning together.

Therefore, let’s continue with DAY EIGHT and the SECOND HALF of the “What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?” Series. To access the first 7-posts on the essential elements to being a RenewED Teacher, feel free to click here.

As a quick review, R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R.S consciously and intentionally choose to:

Remember Their Why

Exercise Their Minds, Bodies, and Souls

Never Give Up

Educate Themselves

Work With Families

Entertain Their Students to Entertain Themselves, and

Dare to Be Intentional

The T in T.E.A.C.H.E.R. is an important component to anything we do in life.

As a RenewED Teacher, we ALWAYS:

TRY NEW THINGS

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Have you ever been bored in your classroom teaching the same old lessons that you have taught year after year? Do your students seem bored and disengaged as well? Is this starting to frustrate you? Are you losing hope in yourself and perhaps your students? Have you become complacent and seem to just be going to work for the paycheck (especially if you have reached that top step)? Are you just going through the motions? Are you burned out?

Listen, don’t feel bad if you have answered yes to any of these questions. I once answered yes to them all.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions though, trying something new may be just the thing you need to shake things up a bit. But this cannot be a one-stop-shop. We must be committed to being consistent with this new thing.

Why Try New Things

Trying new things can be daunting, but they can also be fun! In the classroom, trying new things is rarely about us as the educator though. Trying new things is about making an impact on the education and lives of the children in our classrooms by motivating, encouraging, inspiring, and even transforming them to learn and put forth the consistent effort to do so. We want to help them use their efforts and abilities to achieve the greatest academic success possible. If we want our students to try new things (new math concepts, science experiments, reading strategies, historical concepts, etc.), we need to be willing to share with them the new things we are trying.

Where To Begin?

I personally love attending conferences, but I have not been to any in a few years. However, in the past, if I learned something new there, I tried it in my class immediately, and most times I have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I also enjoy professional development workshops. I am currently enrolled in a math course at our local intermediate unit, and the ideas and strategies that I have learned there over the past two years, have really helped me to value and appreciate the CRA model (Concrete-Representation-Abstract Model for teaching math. Click here to see a short video on CRA.). Wait for it… At one point in time, I did not think it necessary for 5th grade students to use manipulatives to study and solve math problems. ūüėģ (CRA article and examples).

Social Media has given me a whole new world of ideas. Between Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you can probably find a new idea for every lesson that you currently teach! It can be overwhelming seeing what all these other teachers are doing, but you cannot compare your Monday with someone else’s Friday, so pick and choose wisely by focusing on your time, creative genius, hobbies, and personality.

When?

RIGHT NOW, if you answered yes to the questions above. LOL! But seriously, why wait? Try something new as soon as possible.

New Things I Have Tried

Did you know I was trying something new when I created this blog? Yep! I was considering quitting teaching. I was burned out, frustrated, unsupported (in my opinion by my administrator), my students did not behave the way I expected them to, the families were not as involved as other families had been in previous years, and nothing I did seemed to work. I felt like a failure. I felt like I was not good enough. I was ready to leave this profession.

With this blog, one of my personal goals was to renew my passion for teaching!

YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED!!!

OMG, it actually worked!

Let me put it to you this way. Had I not started this blog, and took the time to develop and practice what it means to be a R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R., I would probably quit teaching right now. YES,  I said it! Right now!

This year, is just as challenging as the year I considered quitting during my 4th year of service. The difference now, is that I do have a supportive administrator, BUT, yes there is a big ol’ BUT, I have also learned to prevent and react to burn-out and frustration in effective ways. I have a set of skills that have helped me become a stronger teacher and to overcome adversity. Trying new things is one of those essential elements.

Something else new I tried is attempting to become a National Board Certified Teacher. I began in Fall of 2014 when I was 6 months pregnant! I still do not know what I was thinking! I completed the final component in May 2017. I will learn if I am certified come December 2017. Whether I earn it or not, I do believe that my teaching practice has been enhanced immensely. However, I welcome any and all prayers and words of encouragement as the certification season nears.

One thing I have always wanted to do in my classroom is write songs. In particularly, remixes to popular songs my students know or their families may know. As a child, my sister and I did this all the time, and we got it from our father. He taught us our zip-code by singing it to the tune of “Beauty and the Beast.” LOL! I still remember it. My dad would have been a great teacher.

Music, is the great equalizer, and has proven time and time again to be effective in helping students to learn and remember things.  Greg Coleman, the author of Mr. Elementary Math, has a really cool post titled The Power of Teaching with Math Songs, where he talks about why this is important, some tips on how to implement songs, and he even provides some great resources. I created a Division Remix to Whatever You Need by rapper Meek Mill featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla Sign. My students learned what a quotient was from the song, and my two year old knows the chorus! LOL! Click here to view.

Keep in mind that many of us learned the 26 letters of the alphabet with a song, right!? Many advertisements use music and lyrics to persuade us to buy whatever it is they are selling. Listen, whether you use Nationwide Insurance or not, almost everyone knows the slogan that is hummed or sang by Peyton Manning, “Nationwide is on your side!” (Did you sing it or say it? LOL! Share in the comments.)

I have wanted to create songs this since my first year teaching, but I was too worried about and afraid of what my colleagues would think. I mean none of them were doing it. I was afraid of being different. (Don’t let fear get in your way.) I never thought to ask if any of my colleagues wanted to create a song until about 2-3 years ago when my fifth grade team and I created a remix to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars titled Fifth Grade Funk! It was so much¬†fun! Something we and our students will always remember.

With that in mind, I created three new songs this year, and shared them with my students. (A future goal is to create one with them).¬†I took a huge risk this year with my new students. I was so nervous for the first day of school, that I decided to do the Bodak Yellow Challenge Teacher Version, and create a welcome back to school song for my students. Click here to listen. The other song is a transition song sang to Bruno Mars’ What I Like and is sang to the chorus of the song:

“It’s time for us to focus,

So Mrs. Smith can teach us.

I’m here in school so I can learn,

so I can learn!

I’m gonna go and zip my lips

to learn some tips!” (2x)¬†

Now granted I love music, and I am somewhat musically inclined. I sang in my church choir, played a lead and semi-lead role in some musicals back in the day, so I can hit a note or two, but I am no Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, or fill in the blank. I can even bust a move here and there.

Guess what? I use this to my advantage in my classroom when it is effective for my students. Not only am I entertaining my students, I am entertaining myself (Day 6). Everyone is having fun! Teaching is much easier when we are all having fun, and learning at the same time.

As RenewED Teachers, we need to think about all the things we love to do. With so much teacher autonomy being taken away from us, we have to fit it in somehow to keep teaching fun for us so that we can make learning fun for our students. We need to base what we try new on the students in our room, at this time, based on what they need, and their interests while also considering how our strengths, passions, and hobbies can be merged into our classrooms to engage our students.

As we continue to learn and grow together,¬†please share what you will try or have tried new in your classroom this year. Share your hobbies and perhaps how you can merge them with your students’ interests.¬†Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments! I cannot wait to hear your ideas!

Until then, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith

 

 

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Science Project: When Seeds Explode

When Seeds Explode

As a 4th and 5th grade teacher, and a teacher of science, I believe hands-on activities are one of the best ways for students to learn. I recently heard someone say, “Number sense [in math] is not taught, it is caught.” To a certain extent, I believe this because much of what we learn is more through our experiences. I feel that this quote could also be applied to the sciences.
Think about it: Student one reads a book about exploding seeds. Student two decides to watch a YouTube video on exploding seeds. Student three gets some seeds, a pot, potting soil, and other necessary materials to observe these exploding seeds. Student four reads a book, watches a video, and uses materials to observe exploding seeds. I am sure we all know which student will learn the most and have the most fun!
The cool thing about this lesson is that the seeds that are to be used actually do EXPLODE! What student do you know would not find this interesting?
Please enjoy this guest post and some cool math games that are available with this link: www.education.com! 
Third Grade Science Science Projects: When Seeds Explode

Research Question:

  • What environmental factors trigger the release of seeds from seed pods?
  • How far away to the released seeds travel? Do all seeds travel the same distance?
  • Do seed pods from different plants release them in response to same stimuli?

Plants such as mistletoe, violets, primrose and pansies release their seeds into the air, often with substantial force. In this experiment, students will examine under what conditions individual plants release seeds and how far the seeds are released.

Materials:

  • Camera
  • Two to four different plants that release their seeds in the air. Pansies, wild geraniums, evening primrose and violets are good candidates, but others work well, too.
  • Compass
  • Windvane
  • Graph paper
  • Tongue Depressor
  • Felt

Experimental Procedure

  1. Purchase two to four different plants that shoot seeds into the air. Do some library research to identify when your plants produce seedpods and when the seedpods mature. Learn whether special conditions such bright sunlight, rain, or darkness are necessary.
  2. Set up the wine vane at the same height as the seed pods. If necessary, you can improvise a wind vane by tying a ribbon to a stick and anchoring the stick in the ground. This step is not necessary if you keep your plants indoors.
  3. Cover the area surrounding each plant with felt. Felt is desirable because the seeds will tend to stick more to the felt than they will to paper. How much felt you need depends upon the size of your plants. Be sure to have at least one yard of felt in all directions from the plant. Do not put plants immediately next to each other or you will have difficulties telling their seeds apart. A basement or garage floor may be ideal for this.
  4. Check your plants several times a day and examine their seed pods so that you know when the pods release their seeds. After the pods have released their seeds, make a record of the wind speed, time of day and distance that the seeds traveled. Draw a map, indicating approximate distances. Graph the distances against the number of seeds.
  5. Estimate the trajectory that the seed traveled.
  6. Determine whether there was a relationship between the seed shape and the distance traveled.

Terms/Concepts: Seed dispersal, explosive seed dispersal

References:

  • Marika Hayashi, Kara L. Feilich and David J. Ellerby. ‚ÄúThe mechanics of explosive seed dispersal in orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).‚Ä̬†Journal of Experimental Botany¬†(2009).
  • Countryside Info: Explosive Seed Dispersal

For more cool activities please click on the following link: Elementary School 

As we continue to learn and grow together, let’s share resources with each other. If you have cool content-based sites for math, science, social studies or ELA, please drop them in the comments.¬†

Until next time, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith, The RenewED Teacher

Did You Miss It?

What a great week it has been! I hope that you have been enjoying the “What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?” series!

Teaching is not for the faint at heart. To remain committed and dedicated to this profession, it takes a tremendous amount of grit, altruism, patience, persistence, passion, and an attitude of life long learning–a growth mindset! I could go on and on with this list about what it takes, but I won’t take up your time doing that. I will say it is worth it, though!

About six years ago, my fourth year teaching, I began to lose my drive and my passion for the field. I was afraid. What would I do if I didn’t teach? I was sad. I am a good teacher, why would someone who cares and advocates for children quit? I was angry. Why am I feeling this way? Why do I want to quit? I don’t want to quit. I am not a quitter. Why am I not receiving the support I need to grow into a better educator and to overcome these thoughts and feelings? I was tired, and I was not growing. My thoughts and my feelings both stifled and confused me.

I knew I was made for this teaching life, but I was beginning to not invest my heart, and simply put, I was really starting not to care. However, I was pretty good at keeping busy and hiding these thoughts and feelings–until I wasn’t. It took a long time to overcome these thoughts and feelings. I had to take action.¬†The meaning behind what it means to be a RenewED Teacher is my way of reviving my heart, refreshing my mind, and renewing my passion for this teacher life.
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I hope you have been able to keep up with the series for the past week. If not, here is your chance to review the first 7 posts.

Simply click the post you are interested in reading to learn what it means to be a RenewED Teacher.

Stay tuned for the final 7 posts in this series coming soon!

Day 1- Remember Your Why                       Day 2

Day 3                       Day 4

Day 5 Updated                       Day 6


Day 7

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Day 7: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

Well, we are at the end of the first week of the “What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?” series. Today, we focus on the letter D.

As RenewED Teachers, we must leave no room for chance. We must:

DARE TO BE INTENTIONAL

I went to a networking event hosted by KyShira Moffett, back in June where I met someDay 7.jpg
amazing boss females dominating in a plethora of fields, primarily from the City of Pittsburgh. I was the only classroom teacher there. Nevertheless, as I always do, I turned this day and the weekend into a learning experience.

I had the opportunity to meet, LaChelle Binion. She is the author of the blog, The Kismet Life, and the Director of Alumni Engagement at Carlow University. As soon as I met her, I
knew the description of her, by Angelica Cooper (a high school friend I recently reconnected with), was a too legit! I immediately saw how genuine, passionate, and simply put, kind, LaChelle was. I could see she was living her passion. I felt comfortable in her presence.

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LaChelle and I at the Hustle HER Way Summit: Slay in Your Lane Networking Event at V Lounge, June 9th

Ms. Binion was one of the speakers at the conference I attended the day following the networking event. She said a lot of things I agreed with, and one thing that really stuck with me was when she said, “Get strategic — Be intentional. Think about goals ¬†and what you want to do and strategies, how you are going to get there.”

Because I feel teaching is my purpose and my passion, every conference I attend or class I take that is not directly related to education, I find a way to make it connect.

While LaChelle is up there saying, “Be intentional!” I am sitting in my chair, all in my head, asking myself:

 

 

Is what I do in my classroom intentional?

Am I being strategic?

Am I thinking about the goals I have for my students as I plan?

What are those goals?

What strategies will I use to help them meet/exceed these goals?

I also had these same questions about this blog, and this is one of the reasons I began this series. But that’s another topic for a different post.

This year in my classroom, I will ask myself these questions daily, as I am on a journey to become a RenewED Teacher. I will DARE TO BE INTENTIONAL in everything I do. What does this mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I do many of these things, as I am sure you do as well, I feel that there is always room for improvement. As I stated earlier this summer on one of my Facebook posts,

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With that, everyone, I DARE YOU TO BE INTENTIONAL.

As we continue to learn and grow together, I am interested in your thoughts and ideas too. Since I have dared you, I would love for you to share what you plan to be intentional about this school year and in general. Leave your thoughts in the comments! I cannot wait to hear from you!

Until then, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith, The RenewED Teacher

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Day 6: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

As we get closer to wrapping up the first week of the “What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R?” series, I share one of the many reasons I have stuck with teaching for the past 10 years.

As RenewED Teachers, we must always remember to have fun so we may always:

Entertain Our Students to Entertain Ourselves

It was a gloomy Thursday, March morning around 8:30 am. It had rained the night before. I was running slightly late as usual. As I carried all 10 of my bags, plus the laptop I borrowed from my principal to work on my National Board Certification, in class, the previous night, I hurried to enter the building before anyone could see me entering a few minutes behind schedule.

The universe had it in for me.

As I proceeded to step upon the curb, all hell broke lose!

The tip of my shoe hit the curb, and everything in my hands, including the massive amounts of papers nestled in my binder and my principal’s laptop slid out of my hands. But not before I attempted to save the laptop. Everything fell onto the curb and even into the nearby grass. Papers were sprawled like in an old school movie representing the last day of school for students. I was so embarrassed even though I wasn’t sure anyone had seen how well the ground and I were getting along. I tried to use my now free hands to prevent falling more, but I was down for the count and so were my bags. My pantyhose had a whole and runs up and down my entire leg. Not only did I fall, I seriously bounced as if I had just fallen on a trampoline. Who bounces on concrete!?

I hope and pray no one saw me fall, because not one person came to my rescue. (That would be pretty shady.) The entire time I crawled around to pick things up, I was livid. I walked in the building, still fuming. I had a scrape on my knee that was beginning to bleed.

The students entered the room about 30-40 minutes later, and I was still heated. They could tell. They kept asking me if I was okay, and I tried to play it off, and leave my emotions at the door as I often encourage them to do, but I couldn’t. I eventually had to tell them about my Thursday morning shenanigans.

Oh! What a relief!? They listened to the entire story much like you are reading and waiting to see what happened next. We had a really good laugh about Mrs. Smith getting balled up outside of the school!

That’s not the end of the story.

I don’t know what my story did to my students this particular morning, but they were absolutely on. I mean focused on my every word and movement, and asked awesome questions, and followed directions almost better than ever before. (This is important because they never ever shut up! Swear!) Well, I think I was modeling a problem with fraction strips before they were going to get started on a similar activity which they were allowed to use.

Remember I said how on they were? Well, once students got to work on their task, I walked around the room to eavesdrop on their conversations and ask questions as necessary. When it was time to share, I called on three different groups to share their ideas. One group used the manipulatives, another used a number line, and the last group drew a picture. Once they shared their different strategies, I asked each student to write and compare & contrast each of the strategies. The responses were amazing!

I was so excited about how on point the class was with their attention, attitude, effort, explanations, justifications, that I picked up a set of fraction strips, held the pieces up in the air as if they were a microphone and drop it.

We all started cracking up!

Every class has a class clown, right!? Well, throughout the all of the silliness and laughter, the class clown raises his hand to tell me what another classmate says:

T: Mrs. Smith, guess what E. said?

Me: What did she say?

T: She said those fraction pieces bounced like you did this morning! (In my head, I am dead! LOL!)

Class: Silence.

I am cool and strict at the same time, so I’ve been told. The students¬†were unsure of how to react to this statement. I mean, E. was low key throwing shade. But T. knew I would laugh or else he would have said nothing! LOL! He and I typically saw eye-to-eye and understood each other. I learned that E. was a hoot! An identified gifted student, she was a cool-nerd, probably the smartest and hard working girl in the class, very quiet, always on task, asked thought provoking questions, and did not let me continue to teach if she didn’t understand anything. But if you ask her if she has swag, she will attempt to show you, and genuinely and seriously say with no smile, “I have no swag.” The girl was a silent riot! No one knew how funny and cool E. was until this year!

Me: That was a good one, E. You’re lucky I like you.

And we all busted out laughing again! Kids were giving her high fives and everything! Lol!

The point of me sharing this story in this post is to remind us not take ourselves too seriously. I often get caught up in being too serious, well, because education is that serious to me. But, although I do use tons of music in my class, and I have even created songs and remixes to popular songs to help them remember certain information, it is not always necessary. Sometimes just keeping it real is entertaining enough for you and your students.

As we continue to grow and renew our passion for teaching, sharing life’s little¬†occurrences¬†with our students can make for a more fulfilling and entertaining day.

Now it’s your turn! What embarrassing or humorous moments have you shared with your students? I’d love to hear! Share your stories in the comments!

Until then, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith, The RenewED Teacher

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Day 5: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

As we continue to learn what it means to be a RENEWED TEACHER in this series, we venture into the territory of the caretakers of our students.

As RenewED Teachers, we must always:

WORK WITH FAMILIES

This phrase is intentional. I purposely do not use the word parent. In no way, shape or form, am I throwing shade to parents. What I am attempting to do is value everyone that takes care of the children we encounter daily. Throughout my Day 5 (1)experience in the classroom, I have met my fair share of diverse families. I have met mom and dad; mom and mom; mom, dad, and step mom; dad and stepdad; mom and grandmother; mom and grandfather; grandfather and grandmother; foster mom and
dad; adopted mom and dad; siblings; cousins; aunts and uncles; fake aunts and uncles that are really close friends of the family, etc. Theses are real combinations of families I have met on more than one occasion during back to school nights, open houses, conferences, and other events that were held at the school.

Duh!?

Some of y’all are probably like, “Duh! I do try to work with them. These parents just don’t care.” And you know what? Because we have seen it for as long as we have been teaching, we actually believe they don’t care. Then we blame them for their children not being as successful as they could be in our classrooms. With those beliefs, come unfair ways in how we interact with and treat their children, and whether we contact the families throughout the year to communicate positive or negative events and outcomes.

What If?

But I urge us to think differently. Because as Ross W. Greene says in Lost at School, “Blaming [families] doesn’t help anyone at school deal effectively with… kid[s].” (p. 13)

What if we believed all families cared about their child? What do you think would change? I don’t think it would¬†magically change anything, but because of our efforts, I believe it would change the way we communicated to our colleagues about our students and their families. It would probably change the way in which we communicated with our students. It would probably even change how often and why we communicate with families.

Families Are Our Biggest Allies

Teamwork.PNGI see families as allies. I don’t make families believe we are on the same team, even though we are. I show them. I tell them. I recruit them. I thank them. I support them. I invite them in my room at any given time. I value them. I let them know, upfront, that I cannot help their child be successful without their support and input.¬†

I send letters home to families prior to the first day of school. This letter introduces me, my experience, and my expectations. I also include the grade level, homeroom, and date for Back to School Night and first day of school in the letter. You can download a free template from my Teachers Pay Teachers Store by clicking the link.

In addition to the letter, I include an opportunity for families to share some positive thoughts about their children with me. This is my favorite part because I immediately have families thinking positively. In addition to this, I am able to get a bigger picture of who my students are. Of course I get information from former teachers, and usually it includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, I use the positive information to my advantage. On the first day of school, I have something to talk to them about. Later in the year, when or if a student is beginning to show behaviors that get under my skin (I want to say P. Me Off. LOL!), I reread these letters to help me see this child as their family sees them. Typically my response towards the child changes, and “just like magic,” their response is better. Let’s be clear. It’s not magic. It’s compassion and respect. (I am considering using a Google Form to collect Positive Thoughts this year to help shrink my paper trail. But you can access a copy of the form I send home to families in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking here.) I have never received a Positive Thoughts form back from all families. So if you decide to include this idea in your back to school activities, I don’t want you to get false a false hope. ¬†Each year, I make changes to get families further engaged. Technology has been helpful in reaching more families.

Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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Until then, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith, The RenewED Teacher

Day 4: What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D T.E.A.C.H.E.R.?

Can you believe we are more than half way through the first week of the, ‚ÄĚ What is a R.E.N.E.W.E.D. T.E.A.C.H.E.R.? series? Well let’s get started. On day two, we encountered the first of many E’s. So glad this is not a report card. Today we will learn what the second E stands for.

As a RenewED Teacher we need to:

EDUCATE OURSELVES

There! I said it. We all know that our districts cannot and will not meet all of our professional development needs. No shade to anyone. I am just stating as educators, we have varying needs. One teacher may need to earn an additional certification in order to not be furloughed. Another teacher may desire to become a reading specialist or Day 4.jpgprincipal. Budgets may be cut, and professional development in the district may suffer because of it. There are many different circumstances that cause districts to be unable to provide adequate PD for their teachers.

When this is an issue, it our responsibility to pick up the slack. Think of it this way, would you want to be under the care of an ignorant doctor or lawyer? One who said they didn’t know something because their hospital or practice did not provide professional development on it? I pray not.

Never the less, in this post, I am sharing five links that will give you access to resources on where you can find free PD to help educate yourselves when your district is unable to.

edWeb.net provides certificates upon completion!

http://home.edweb.net/upcoming-webinars/

Educational Week Professional Development Directory

http://www.edweek.org/tm/section/pddirectory/index.html

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) (Annual Fee)

http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/ascd-webinar-archive.aspx

For Teachers in PA

http://www.aiu3.net/Level3.aspx?id=400

http://pdc.pdesas.org/

This next resource is not free, but I highly recommend it if you are looking to grow, challenge yourself, and climb out of your comfort zone for a little while. I highly recommend looking into National Board Teaching Certification. If you take it through a cohort at a University, and your district offers tuition reimbursement, you can practically become certified for free! If your district offers a pay incentive, and the incentive is more than what National Board costs, it will still workout in your favor.

Remember what Napoleon Hill said, “Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession.”

I hope you enjoy these free PD resources.

While we are sharing, feel free to share some love by sharing some resources you are familiar with in the comments below! I thank you in advance, and I look forward to hearing what you have to say as we continue to learn and grow together!

Until then, Happy Teaching!

Krystal L. Smith