What we see depend depends on what we look for.
Check out these active engagement strategies:

Induction slides 2016 - Upper Dublin School District, October 2016 (Creating a Culture for Learning, Classroom Management)

PA State Standards are found herePDEHere's a draft of PA Standards as aligned to the Common Core Standards (includes anchors and eligible content).
Anchors and Eligible content link- PA Core Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content

PDE Educator Effectiveness Project:
Project Goal:
To develop an educator effectiveness model that will reform the way we evaluate teachers, educational specialists, and principals as well as the critical components of training and professional growth.
If you would like to learn more about PDE's plan for evaluating teachers click on this link to PDE (includes Project Timeline and additional resources). Below you will find some documents to help you understand this project:
These Frequently Asked Questions will answer a lot of your questions.
This version of the rubric designed to assess Teacher Effectiveness was found on the PDE web site in Aug. 2012 (since been removed). It includes components under each of the four domains:
Domain 1: Planning and Preparation
Domain 2: The Classroom Environment
Domain 3: Instruction
Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities
This new version of the Framework for Teaching was found on the website. It is more wordy and cumbersome to read but it does include critical attributes and examples.
Teachscape has been hired by DanielsonGroup to design coursework for teachers to help them understand the Framework. This version of the Framework is the same as the newest version, only it is laid out in table format, so I it is easier to see the whole picture at once.
Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) - This is a link to Chester County Intermediate Unit newsletter on SLOs. This provides a link to the SLO format 10.1.
Common Core Standards: Here's a link directly to information and the Common Core Standards.
Here's a copy of the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts:
Here are the Common Core Standards for Math:
On July 1, 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, which will replace the Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening standards adopted in 1999 that are reflected in the above PDF document. The regulations providing for these new academic content standards took effect upon their publication in the October 16, 2010 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The transition to Common Core will begin during the 2010-11 school year, with full implementation required by July 1, 2013.

Internet Links to Teacher Resources:
Florida Center for Reading Research - This site provides tons of ready materials to support your RtII program and struggling readers. The materials are leveled for Grades k - 1, 2-3, and 4-5.

Brad's wiki page with tech resources for UD teachers.
Teaching Videos (for teacher or graduate students):

Bring on the Learning Revolution ( a TED talk, May 2010, 18 min.) Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. Inspirational!
How to Teach Creativity (CNN video, 3min. ) After being inspired by Sir Ken Robinson, view this practical approach. At a school in Akron, Ohio, teachers are there for support, but students must find creative solutions to problems.
How Good is a Good Teacher? (CNN video, 4min, April 2011) The answer is three times better than a bad one. Education Contributor Steve Perry explains.
Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences (Edutopia video, 7 min.) Though this interview is from 1997, it is amazing how relevant it is for today's teachers.
How Not to Teach View this one for a laugh and a little inspiration!
Top Ten Things you Don't Learn about Teaching in College Another good laugh with an underlying truths. Dave Letterman style.
Blooms Taxonomy according to The Pirates of the Carribbean A good review of the six level of Blooms Taxonomy.
Questioning Styles and Strategies (7 min. )Harvey Silver models questioning techniques in a 5th grade classroom. This combines learning styles with questioning strategies.
Formative and Summative Assessments Rick Wormeli discusses the examples and the impact of using formative assessments.
Redo, Retakes and Do-overs (8 min for each part)Rick Wormeli makes a compelling argument for allowing students to redo assignment. Part 2 talks about some checks and balances in using this approach.
Multiple Intelligences (8 min)Sir Ken Robinson shares amusing anecdotes of the importance of recognizing that students learning differently.
Grading in the Differentiated Classroom - A series of short videos by Rick Wormeli including standards-based grading.

Adding Videos to your Lessons
Here are two web sites that have organized videos for teaching chidren.
WatchKnow Sign up for your own free account or try it out using User Id: FWESvideo Password: watchknow
Effective Walkthroughs: A popular administrative tool for gathering classroom data during a brief visit in a classroom. Here are some excellent articles by some of the best educators in the field (Marzano, McCREL Institute, Steve Barkley) on the topic of Effective Walkthroughs. One common theme evident in these articles encourages administrators and teachers to work together to develop a common language, identify elements of effective instructional strategies, and list indicators for success.

Coat of Arms:
Make your own at this free web site. Family IQ.
Lesson Planning:

The first step in lesson planning is planning how you will get the students' attention. Here are 25 ideas. Select a few to try out with your class.

Writing an effective lesson takes time. Here are some simple guidelines that are helpful.
What does a Great Lesson Look Like? This short article provides some practical ideas.
Here's a novel format that looks more like a graphic organizer. It's streamlined, visual, and easy to follow.

Rubrics:Here's a free web site that will help you create rubrics for your students. It's easy and quick! Rubistar

Graphic Organizers:
Find Kid Friendly Graphic Organizers at Education Place by Harcourt.
Here are more kid friendly graphic organizers in both PDF and word.

Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning:Use Bloom's Taxonomy as a guide for writing higher level questions for all students. This web site provides many examples and includes an updated version that makes a lot of sense.

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Check out this book online. You'll find lots of great strategies for teaching vocabulary.

Are you looking for vocabulary graphic organizers? Check out the West Virginia Dept. of Ed. These organizers are word docs that you can download and adapt! Examples include Vocab-O-Gram, Word Detective, Concept Map, Knowledge Rating Scale, and many more.

Screen_shot_2011-11-13_at_4.07.44_PM.jpgTeaching as Leadership (Teach for America) has a wealth of information about what effective teaching looks like. Try this diagnostic assessment of your teaching and kick start some changes in what you do everyday right away!

Marzano's Nine Essential Instruction Strategies: Here's a power point with an overview of the top three.
A Sponge is a Summary: This article provides an excellent idea for using a sponge to teach about summarizing. It really works, I've tried it! Find out how to support note taking skills for K - 12 students. This article provides an excellent strategy that can be adapted for all levels. Picture_7.png

Are you looking for summarizing and note taking strategies for older students? Try 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom by Judith Dodge. The link takes you to Scholastic book store where you can view sample pages.

Here's a link for some interesting elementary art lessons.

Would you like to find out your learning style? Take this quick online quiz sponsored by the University of Phoenix.
Three video clips that highlight Positive Teaching Strategies (from Positively Mad)
#5 - Positive Reflection: Win,Learn, Change

#7 - Wait Time

#8 - Questioning Skills: Open and Closed Questions

Video Clip of Dead Poet Society
This clip shows the first day of school, the famous Carpe Diem scene. How does John Keating (Robin Williams) use the research on the brain and learning?Video Clip of Dead Poet Society #2

As you view this clip of John Keating introducing the text book, think about what good teaching looks like. What do you agree with? Is there any part that bothers you?
Video clip of Stand and Deliver: A negative times a negative equals a positive...this quick clip shows motivation, whole group participation, and ends with the higher level question of why.
Video Clip: The Motivator

View this short video clip of a teacher at the beginning of the year motivating his students to "Work hard, get smart!"
Ted Talk on Motivation - If you are interested in the age old debate on motivation - intrinsic vs. extrinsic, view this 20 min. video clip. Though the talk addresses the issue in business, it is relevant for how we teach in the 21st century.

Here's an interview (20 min.) with Dr. Debbie Estes on Brain Power: How to Maximize Learning.

Speaking of Brain are some K - 5 Energizers and Cheers to try out.
Energizers are classroom based physical activities that integrate physical activity with academic concepts.

Celebrate learning in your classroom with these cheers. (They are also energizers!)

Are you looking for teaching strategies that are just right for your students? Here are some links that can help!High School Strategies (Scholastic's monthly resource list includes strategies for grades 9 - 12.)Teacher.Net Gazette (Effective teaching articles by Harry and Rosemary Wong, 2000- 2009)
Picture_2.pngDepartmentalization in Elementary Schools - Here are some articles and links on this current topic.
Read about Platooning (another name for departmentalizing) in the Harvard Education Newsletter (Dec. 2009)
Principal Magazine (May 2004) highlights the research on Elementary Departmentalization.
Journal of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Spring 2009) provides some guidelines for moving to departmentalization.

Action Based Learning - Learning that energizes and utilizes the brain!
Put some action into your guided reading groups. View this video for some ideas.