Robin and Brian discuss challenges facing teaching within a curriculum determined classroom. The importance of teaching thinking skills in the 21st century, how to use technology to facilitate understanding and foster rigour and deep learning. That in today's classroom teaching content to technologically enabled students is not the only responsibility of a teacher. It is the understanding of the content in context and how learning and understanding enables students to transfer that what they have learned and apply it to other situations, concepts and tasks.
Widely known as "the teacher's teacher", Robin Fogarty has taught at all levels from pre-school to university, and has trained educators throughout the world in curriculum, instruction and assessment strategies. She has also served as an administrator, and educational consultant in Europe, America, Asia and Australasia.
With a doctorate in curriculum and human resource development, Robin is a widely recognised educational expert who has written and had published a proliferation of educational literature. Furthermore, some of her articles have appeared in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, and the Journal of Staff Development.
Robin is known as the teachers' teacher. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to all endeavours, and is often complimented on her lively sense of humour and personable ways. Robin brings her passion and a wealth of knowledge to all endeavours.
Brian Pete comes from a family of educators-college professors, school superintendents, teachers and teachers of teachers. Through his roles as producer of educational videos, publisher of educational resources, and trainer of teachers and leaders, Brian has a rich background in professional development. He brings both a depth of understanding about effective professional development experiences and a technical know-how for practical implementations.
As a founding partner of RFA: A Robin Fogarty Company, Brian has videotaped classroom teachers and professional experts in schools throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has an eye for the "teachable moment" and the words to describe what he sees as skilful teaching and effective coaching. Brian's work on educational videos include: Best Practices: Classroom Management; Best Practices: Active Learning Classrooms.
He has authored a number of resources: Nine Best Practices that Make the Difference; Twelve Brain Principles that Make the Difference and Data! Dialogue! Decisions!, A Look at Transfer, The Adult Learner and From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning.
He has a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University of Chicago, and is completing his thesis for his Masters in Fiction Writing from Chicago's Columbia College. He and his co-author received the NSDC Book Award in 2006 for this work: From Staff Room to Classroom: A Guide for Planning and Coaching Professional Learning.
Brian is currently the lead trainer in a major initiative in Singapore for the TILM Ignite Schools. He brings his humour, wit and charm to all of his professional development sessions.
Tagged under: common core,curriculum,21st century skills,thinking skills
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