Top 10 Professional Development Resources of the 2014-2015 School Year

June 17, 2015   |   By Alicia Barnes

Congratulations educators! We hope you’ve had a rewarding school year and that you have a restful summer planned. Like many of you, we’re celebrating and looking back on the year here at BloomBoard. But we’re also thinking about how to keep up momentum, so next year is even better.

It’s in that spirit that we put together a list of the 10 professional development resources from the BloomBoard Marketplace. Don’t forget the Marketpace is still available to you and your educators over the summer. And with a slower pace and lighter load for most educators, summer break can be the perfect time for reading. Or, if you just want to have something waiting for you when you return in the fall--use the “Save for Later’ feature and you can set yourself up for a great start to the 2015-2016 school year.  

Here are the top 10 Professional Development Resources of this school year:

10. Caring and Control Create a Safe Positive Classroom
Our most recommended resource, this video case study examines communication strategies for maximizing student engagement.

9. Inquiry 5 Strategies: Ask More, Talk Less
Perfect for a group exercise during a staff meeting, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge are explored in this... See teachers apply. in action, Plus this video comes with additional study and reflection materials.

8. Partnering with Parents in Bullying Situations
This module underscores how very important for all stakeholders to be involved in solving this very serious problem in schools. It provides simple and specific strategies teachers can use to engage and promote a cooperative relationship with parents of children involved in bullying situations.

7. Graphic Organisers for Formative Teacher Assessments
Formative assessment is an important tool in every teacher’s toolbox. The experts at Train Visual have created graphic organizers that can be used as formative assessments. Each graphic organizer helps students demonstrate their understanding in a highly visual and structured format.

6. Comprehending Math: Adapting Reading Strategies to Teach Mathematics
Emphasizing problem solving, the authors demonstrate math-based variations of KDWD: visualizing, questioning, inferring, predicting, making connections, determining importance, and synthesizing. This book is a wonderful resource to learn how to integrate math and language arts to enhance the instruction of both.

5. High School Leadership and Project Based Learning
This webinar, produced by one of our most highly rated providers, discusses how to use Project Based Learning (PBL) to promote leadership opportunities and STEM education. PB is an enjoyable way for students to learn and develop higher-order thinking skills that are important for success in college, career and civic life.

4. Collaboration in the Digital Classroom
Collaboration in the Digital Classroom is an interactive e-learning experience guiding teachers on how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online tools.

3. CVC Phonemic Awareness
This video with tips on how to teach phonemics by acting out words is one of our most popular--nearing the top of our list in views, recommendations, and ratings.

2. It’s Not Polite to Interrupt and Other Rules of Classroom Etiquette
Another one of our most popular resources, this article guides teachers on how to empower the whole classroom to redirect and manage student behavior.

1. Formative Assessment: Using the UPS Strategy
Clocking in at a lean two minutes, this popular video addresses how students understand, plan, and solve problems.

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