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Effective Remote Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / May 27, 2020

What a spring! We have worked alongside so many teachers responding and adjusting and revising our remote teaching in an effort to meet learners’ needs this spring. The first thing I want to say is, “Wow! You are amazing!” In these past few months, you showed the world that you […]

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“PEBC has been a consistent, vital tool”

By PEBC / May 4, 2020

Nicole Johnston always wanted to be a teacher. In fact, in high school, she chose to work at the on-campus pre-school and took pre-education classes that provided her with hands-on experience at the local elementary school. A true love of teaching was ignited and nurtured at a young age, and […]

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PEBC Teaching Framework

By PEBC / April 27, 2020

We miss you and our work in schools and hope everyone is keeping safe and taking good care. This blog entry is excerpted from Wendy Ward Hoffer’s newest book, Phenomenal Teaching, just out from Heinemann. It is essentially a professional development workshop in a book, which might be a fun […]

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Work done at the beginning of the year is paying off now

By PEBC / April 23, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a […]

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Virtual Mini-Lessons Foster Community

By Laurie Wretling / April 20, 2020

“Hi Writers! I am so excited to get to write with you today. I wish I could see you in person, but I am so excited to get those words out of you.” So begins lab host (and staff developer), Kirsten Meyers Blake’s introduction to her fifth graders’ writer’s workshop […]

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“How in the world are we gonna do this?” Rural districts adapt to distance learning

By PEBC / April 15, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a […]

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Listening, Responding, Listening, and Beginning to Understand

By PEBC / April 8, 2020

Recently, we were asked “How do you know whether (or not) your students are understanding?” This was, of course, an accountability question. Fair enough. If my “end-of-unit test” shows that my students do not yet understand place value, I will know to re-teach the concept. There are many discrete skills […]

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Online Learning? No Thanks.

By PEBC / April 1, 2020

As a 5th grade STEM teacher, I am comfortable with technology. My students complete assignments in google classrooms and I have one created for each content area. I am familiar with G suite tools, and several online instructional tools. So I felt prepared when my school district transitioned to online […]

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Seamless

By PEBC / March 30, 2020

Susan Chapla wholeheartedly believes in kids, families, teachers, and schools with every fiber of her being.  She is also a straight shooter and as straightforward as anyone you will ever meet!  Susan is the principal of Van Arsdale Elementary in Jefferson County, Colorado. Van Arsdale is a PEBC project school […]

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Wondering: Finding Positivity in a Time of Unanswerable Questions

By PEBC / March 26, 2020

A typical day in the life of a teacher is carefully planned for, yet somewhat unpredictable. Each day there is wonder and anticipation… Wonder about each students’ agency and engagement? Wonder about how students will solve problems and take action? Wonder if students will be excited to learn? Today is […]

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Students working on math together

Math Workshop & Remote Learning

By PEBC / March 25, 2020

PEBC Staff Developer Laurie Wretling describes how teachers Shannon Arnold & Laurie Dalesio from Governor’s Ranch Elementary in Jefferson County are employing math workshop in their distance learning. “Lane’s family has a lot of toilet paper!”  My daughter laughed as she began her math Workshop for the day.  Quickly she […]

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Opportunity and Empathy in our New Learning Landscape

By Scott Murphy / March 23, 2020

This blog follows an interview with two of PEBC’s lab host teachers, Ana Mettler and Jana Durbin. Ana is completing her final year as an educator and, as she shared with me, has had to speed up her technology skills to navigate this new landscape. Jana is mid-career and at […]

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