Pam Gothart

Cultivating Digital Skills for Educators

March 4, 2020 By Pam Gothart

Has your district made the shift to using digital resources and technology in the classroom? Some have and many more are in the process of doing so. This change raises the question: what digital skills do teachers need? Primarily, teachers need training on digital pedagogy, the devices that students will be using, and issues that may arise as a result of going paperless.

The Importance of Practice in Educational Professional Development

October 28, 2019 By Pam Gothart

Adult Learning Theory understands that adults have their own, unique way of learning.  In childhood and adolescence, self-concept is still developing, but for adults who learn in the workplace or at professional development seminars, they are more independent and learn best when they draw on experience.  Seeing a direct connection between what they are learning and their day-to-day activities tends to help adults learn as well.

The Achievement Gap: What It Is and How It Affects Your Students

May 3, 2019 By Pam Gothart

As educators, we always notice gaps and different learning styles among our students, but do we ever think why? Researchers have deemed this “the achievement gap,” which refers to the difference in test scores between different groups of students.

The Key to Quality Professional Learning: Relevant and Beneficial Training

February 20, 2019 By Pam Gothart

Take a moment and reflect on professional development events you have attended, and ask yourself, how many of them were “really” good,  meaningful, effective, and relevant to your chosen profession? As educators, we attend several types of training, many of which are mandatory, or are recommended from our superiors. Occasionally, we get lucky and can select a specific training we deem valuable, but those may be few and far between.

Are You Teaching Social Skills to Help Close the Achievement Gap?

October 19, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Some students from poverty may have gaps in social interaction which worsen the
achievement gap.

3 Ways to Help Close the Achievement Gap with Problem-Solving Skills

October 11, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Students from poverty often come to school with fewer problem-solving skills than peers.

3 Ways to Teach Sequencing and Processing Skills to Close the Achievement Gap

October 3, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Find out how to teach sequencing and processing skills to help close the achievement gap for students in poverty

The Ideal Learning Environment: Back-to-School Classroom Organization

September 22, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Start off the school year with classroom organization strategies that improve learning