Now, be honest. Ever have one of those long days (or a string of long days) where you wonder what life would be like if all the people you encountered during the day would be pleasant and agreeable every single day? I'm not saying that they just nod their head "yes" after everything you say or periodically interject, "Brilliant idea!" after you suggest something. I'm talking about having interactions where people act mature and rationale and if they don't agree with something you said or did, they would state it in a mature and rationale way and you could agree ...


From the McKinsey Consulting Company comes another report (last month I wrote about What World's Best School Systems Do). This report is entitled "The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America's Schools." This report utilizes the Program for International Student Assessment results. This test measures student achievement at age 15 in math and science. We rank 25th in math and 24th in science among 30 nations participating. A couple of quotes from the study should get you interested in reviewing the work (just Google McKinsey Consulting and then search for the report on the social section of the web ...


Barack Obama has gone from Reaganomics, which has ruled the US economic policy for the last 30 years, to behavioral economics, which is shaping our current economic situation. Authors Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein address this contemporary idea in Nudge (2009) and illustrate how gentle "nudging" can influence humans to make better life choices. Humans are creatures of habit by nature, however, as Thaler and Cass exemplify through several scenarios in their book, habits can be broken by a slight nudge in the right direction. Educational leaders are constantly searching for innovative ways to involve their faculty and ...


In 1905 a young engineer named Henry Ford invented a strange looking box with four wheels known as the Quadricycle. This creative engineer was able to accomplish this feet of industry using the skills he obtained while learning in the city of Detroit as an apprentice machinist. Even then the skills he obtained and mastered were based on the knowledge, technology, and equipment of the time. Without his knowledge of the present he was unable to invent the future. While histories lessons are invaluable, current technology, skills, and concepts are a necessity for today’s engineers and inventers. Are educators ...


I've been hearing that phrase quite a bit lately -- especially from people who aren't happy with some of the “other duties” they've been assigned because the other duties are not aligned with 1) their job, 2) their skills set, or because the other duties take so much time away from their core job duties that they aren't able to perform their core duties. I now work in the central office (I am hearing these complaints from people on campuses), but I have been on a campus in an administrative position and I know all too well the pressures that ...


Image via WikipediaOur school hosted a international school film festival last week. The Shanghai Student Film Festival is in its second year. It was a wonderful event that allowed the students in our "little" city of Shanghai to come together to celebrate the art of film making and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Amanda DeCardy writes on U-Tech-Tips a great summary of the event. She writes it was one of the most rewarding professional experiences of her career. Why she asks?: The number of students from international schools across Shanghai and across the world that were able to participate and ...


by Kevin W.Riley, Ed.D. El Milagro Weblog Two weeks from today we will administer the 2009 version of the California Standards Test-- eight testing days of cheerleading and managing modified schedules and erasing stray pencil marks. When it's over, we'll box up the answer sheets and dutifully send them to Sacramento where we will await the verdict with blind faith in the accuracy of an invisible scoring system. Blind faith because for all that is at stake with this thing, there is an extraordinary lack of control over the outcomes. And make no mistake, we have a healthy ...


I’m a techie, Yes I am. But Facebook, I don’t give a damn. I have my friends, My family too, Don’t need to be viewed Like in a zoo. Hey look at me I’m great and proud. My ACTIONS speak More clear and loud. Why aren’t you on? Say he and she. I don’t like it, It’s not me. But everyone’s on And it’s really fun. I don’t care I’d rather run. To sit and tell The world 'bout me Is just not worth it Don’t you see? ...


Cross posted on Creative Tension I just happened to read Bob Lenz's post entitled Project Learning Creates a Win-Win Situation on Edutopia and at the end he poses the question, How has project learning revolutionized your classroom or school? This weekend our school is hosted the 6th Annual Malaysian Model United Nations and our campus was buzzing with excitement. Our high school Model United Nations club organizes this event for 250 middle school students. After last year's conference THIMUN recognized it as an officially affiliated event. While the thousands of hours of preparation drains our advisors and students, the final ...


Two nights ago, I was driving home from work and listened to this feature on NPR that focused on work/life balance, especially for high achieving women. In the broadcast, the moderator talked not only about how women have the need for work/life balance but also men and anybody who is trying to balance their high career aspirations and their high personal aspirations as well. I was quite interested not only for my wife and daughter but also for me personally and for the many school executives I've heard who are struggling to make this balancing act work. It ...


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