The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Continual Improvement Is Better Than Focusing On Best Practices

“Research and practical experience suggest that professional development focused on continual improvement of teaching is more effective than imitation of best practices. The best practice culture tends to search for and celebrate outlier teachers. But better teaching doesn’t come from imitating what star teachers do. Better teaching is built by steady, relentless, continual improvement—one lesson […]


Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


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