I became a principal by default, and I was, indeed, intimidating to some of the staff, and that annoyed me no end.
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February 12, 2013
February 07, 2013
Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.
February 05, 2013
Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?
January 31, 2013
Conversations play out quite differently when they take place in the shadow of punishment.
January 29, 2013
What and how should I respond to a student who is making another child's life miserable?
January 24, 2013
Wouldn't you agree that we want kids to respect adults because their judgment is good rather than because they have the power to hurt kids who don't obey them?
January 22, 2013
I think our last argument was about the words "play" and "work" as applied to schooling.
December 13, 2012
How we meet the children we teach, and how we meet their neighborhood and family have an enormous impact on how useful ... we are.
December 11, 2012
The students reported that they were finally in a school that offered them support, safety, and stability.
December 06, 2012
I'd like to explore how parents, students, communities, and school staff can be decisionmakers, while sorting how the critical "who decides what" issues.