CTQ Collaboratory

Education Week Teacher partners with the Center for Teaching Quality to publish a regular column by teachers who are part of the CTQ Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a virtual community where educators can connect, learn, and innovate with colleagues to transform teaching. Past articles in this series appear on the Teacher Leaders Network index page.

A globally connected workplace will be the norm for this generation of students, writes instructional coach Ben Curran, requiring a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop. April 15, 2014 – Teacher

Deidra Gammill, a high school English and reading teacher, says her students have become confident and reflective readers, in part by becoming teachers themselves. April 9, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein explains how she uses real-world research projects to tap students' creativity and engagement. April 2, 2014 – Teacher

Kim Worth, a veteran teacher and curriculum specialist, recounts how she got to know 90 students in three days—and, in the process, set the groundwork for boosting their achievement. March 26, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Sandy Merz tries to find what makes students learn best, starting with autonomy over their own learning. March 19, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Marcia Powell examines how teachers can initiate cultural changes in their schools, starting by taking a good walk around them. March 12, 2014 – Teacher

Teacher Nancy Barile writes how she found movies could help students understand using evidence to support claims and how to analyze literary and informational texts, among other skills required by the common standards. March 4, 2014 – Teacher

Language arts teacher Jessica Keigan describes a project she used to help build her students' critical-thinking and communication skills—as well as their stake in their education system. February 25, 2014 – Teacher

Jessica Cuthbertson describes a week in the life of a "hybrid" teacher. February 19, 2014 – Teacher

Visual arts teacher Rachel Losch explores the draft National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, which call for arts educators to work more closely with their colleagues in other disciplines. February 11, 2014 – Teacher

Ten-year educator Paul Barnwell offers tips for teachers on maintaining perspective and keeping their classroom practices fresh. February 5, 2014 – Teacher

Middle school language arts teacher Sarah Goodis-Orenstein offers tips on improving students' on-demand writing skills, which she argues are increasingly needed both on standardized tests and in the workplace. January 29, 2014 – Teacher

Nancy Barile, a high school language arts teacher in Revere, Mass., writes that teachers' passions and past experiences can have a positive impact on their teaching and connections with students. January 22, 2014 – AP

High school English teacher Kim McCready offers three micro-exercises that she's found can help improve students' vocabulary and close-reading skills, even as she attends to beginning-of-class duties. January 15, 2014 – Teacher

William Tolley shares how he has adapted his classroom and approach toward education for modern-day technology. January 9, 2014 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars offers strategies for supporting the language development of diverse-needs students under the Common Core State Standards. January 7, 2014 – Teacher

Teachers looking to build on student interests and increase engagement should work on developing these five "teacher strengths," says educator Marcia Powell. December 24, 2013 – Teacher

A high school teacher reflects on some of his early missteps in advocacy and what he's learned about effecting change in his local school community. December 11, 2013 – Teacher

As an American teacher in his first year working with 5th grade students in Finland, Tim Walker reflects on the lessons he would bring back to an American classroom. November 26, 2013 – Teacher

Showing film adaptations of texts can be more than just a reward for finishing the reading, says a language arts teacher. It can be a powerful tool for teaching critical analysis. November 20, 2013 – Teacher

An instructional coach discusses how giving students exit cards can help teachers determine what students know and redirect their instruction accordingly. November 12, 2013 – Teacher

Teacher Brett Bohstedt discusses a program he created to teach mindfulness to students using breathing, body awareness, and positivity. November 5, 2013 – Teacher

Author, teacher, and former community organizer Larry Ferlazzo offers techniques for developing teachers' leadership potential, which he says is a key strategy for improving schools. October 29, 2013 – Teacher

Wendi Pillars discusses what it means to be a teacher leader through the action words that define the role to her. October 15, 2013 – Teacher

A middle school teacher who looped with a class for three years in a row says the practice boosted student learning and changed her professional life for the better. October 9, 2013 – Teacher

When it comes to getting students to pay attention, teacher Sandy Merz has found that silence can be more effective than shouting. October 1, 2013 – Teacher

An ELL teacher encourages her students to think critically by using visual notetaking in class, a technique that allows them to synthesize what they are learning in a creative and fun way. September 24, 2013 – Teacher

A 6th grade teacher who piloted a project in which his students undertook interdisciplinary community-service projects offers some takeaways for implementation. September 18, 2013 – Teacher

Teacher Anthony S. Colucci says that being an active citizen is part of a teacher’s job description. September 10, 2013 – Teacher

Award-winning educator Justin Minkel discusses the shift in focus that helped him mature as a teacher. September 3, 2013 – Teacher

Eighth grade teacher Ariel Sacks discusses the benefits, both educational and administrative, of putting students to work in the classroom August 27, 2013 – Teacher

A teacher and father wants his own kids to love learning, and has three requests of their classroom teachers to help make that happen. August 20, 2013 – Teacher

What do you do when you're unexpectedly transferred to teach a different class and grade? A teacher who went through the experience offers seven tips. August 13, 2013 – Teacher

Having headed a districtwide technology initiative for the last five years, an Alabama teacher reflects on past leadership missteps and how she’s since corrected them. August 6, 2013 – Teacher

An instructional coach offers some low-tech ideas for helping students develop collaboration and critical-thinking skills. July 31, 2013 – Teacher

An upcoming first-year teacher describes the most valuable lessons she learned from the veteran teacher with whom she interned. July 22, 2013 – Teacher

Before embarking on a trip to Nepal, teacher Wendi Pillars received a surprise lesson from her class about generosity and the value of understanding students’ passions. July 16, 2013 – Teacher

Fourth grade teacher Lana Gundy says that she gained insight into her students’ application skills and interests by having them create their own math problems. July 9, 2013 – Teacher

Just because a teacher's absent doesn't mean the day has to be a waste, says Dave Orphal. These tips can help keep the class attentive and engaged with a substitute. July 2, 2013 – Teacher

A teacher offers six suggestions for giving students purposeful practice in oral communication, a focus of the common standards. June 25, 2013 – Teacher

In a discussion about what the common core means for educators, two teachers describe the ways they’ve seen it lead to “joyful learning.” June 18, 2013 – Teacher

Working with, and ultimately getting through to, a difficult 6th grader reminded this teacher that students' personal gains are often as important as their academic ones. June 11, 2013 – Teacher

Becoming a student again reminded this gifted-education teacher about some basic teaching musts, including providing clear directions and encouraging class camaraderie. June 3, 2013 – Teacher

Jennie Magiera, a digital learning expert, offers tips on using free platforms and tools that she says can help teachers jumpstart their own professional learning. May 29, 2013 – Teacher

Opening up the lines of communication with parents and listening to their advice can make it easier to teach and support their children, says a special education teacher. May 21, 2013 – Teacher

Letting other educators and community members into their classrooms helps teachers see their students and practices with new eyes, says 6th grade teacher Jessica Cuthbertson. May 14, 2013 – Teacher

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