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October 13, 2010

Grading Dilemmas in a K-8 Setting

As an administrator of a K-8 school, one of many responsibilities is to measure and report student progress to the larger community and particularly to the parents. I am not referring here to high stakes testing but to the individual learning taking place with individual students. Seeking answers to...

July 12, 2010

Has the Road to Innovation and Change Become Smoother?

What has changed in 6 years? This summer I am changing jobs and will be exploring with a new staff pedagogical shifts, technology integration, and the NETs for students, which are key components in a rigorous, relevant curriculum. These discussions of course do not only happen once and they must be...

June 13, 2010

Sorting It All Out ...

The end of this school year is more difficult than most because over the last 4 weeks I have decided to leave my current position as principal and accept a principal position in another school. As part of the process, I have been busy sorting through both digital and physical files accumulated over...

March 13, 2010

A Release Valve: Dealing with all of the information, ideas and projects

Supporting innovation and continual growth is an important part of the job of an administrator. Seeking ways to model and encourage integration of technology, building a vision for the future and staying on top of new developments and research can be a full time job. The use of social networking too...

February 12, 2010

Actions speak louder than words.....

We can agree on pedagogy and theoretical constructs but what happens in the classroom when instruction begins is the real test of buy-in and willingness to struggle with change. The question continually on my minds is how, as an administrator, I can support, empower, and encourage the tenacity ne...

December 13, 2009

Should schools be in the "computer business"?

Reading a brief history of computers in education was an interesting walk down memory lane. I remember mainframes, punch cards and learning fortran in college. I remember our first family computer, a Commodore 64, and I remember getting Acer computers in my classroom in 1996. What caught my attenti...

October 12, 2009

Reading Next- A Call for Improving Literacy in Middle School and High School

Recently I attended a Professional Development day for principals where we had the opportunity to discuss the Carnegie Report, Reading Next. During the meeting we did a jigsaw read and so in the interest of full disclosure I have to state that I have not read the report cover to cover although I hav...

September 12, 2009

When does having an answer become counterproductive?

If you are a tech savvy leader, which you probably are since you read blogs, do you find yourself constantly running across tools and ideas that would be great for your teachers? Do you get excited, like I do, about new discoveries that you find in networking with other educators through twitter and...

August 13, 2009

The Symphony is About to Begin: A Conversation Starter

The new school year has just begun for some and for others it is just around the corner. Perhaps I have been playing too much Wii Music but as I reflect on my own experiences at this time of year it feels like I am conducting a rather large orchestra. All the various parts of the orchestra are in th...

June 14, 2009

Going 1:1 Rethinking Learning and Curriculum Resources

As the year winds down the work speeds up...at least at my school. One of the projects we are undertaking is the transitioning to 1:1 with netbooks for our 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the Fall of 2009. It is both an exciting and daunting task. Our school has worked for three years to build a vision...

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