Do tests reflect what students know...or their motivation and test taking skills?
August 2015 Archives
A mother remarked that it "sucks" that her daughter has to start school a day earlier than last year instead of getting one more day of summer. What actually "sucks" is how we talk about school.
It's expected that principals have a voice in their school community, but do they use it to lift others up or put them down?
Teachers should video themselves teaching for many reasons, but here are 3 of the most powerful. Sadly, because of hostile school climates, many teachers will never be able to use the process for everything it's worth.
We all know that school climate is vitally important to the social-emotional and academic progress of students. So, what is holding us back from taking the steps to improve our school climates?
In a new report by TNTP, they found that a large percentage of professional development doesn't have a high impact on teacher development. Is that really a surprise to teachers?
Leaders have a great deal of stress flying at them day by day. Perhaps the recent explosion of research on mindfulness will help them lead with greater strength?
Research shows that a reminder text to students can keep them in school, but are we enabling them at the same time we're trying to help them?
When it comes to improvement, there needs to be a focus on whether co-constructed goals are met, but often leaders fall down when it comes to following through.
There is a lot of great research around the topic of effective feedback. But is feedback something we really want?
We don't focus on boards of education enough, and they have the power to make or break a school district. There are at least five ways to tell whether those who serve might be problematic board members.
We are so hung up on our beliefs that we are always looking for research that will support our opinions, and never really take the time to look for research that will debunk our opinions.
Observations on teaching and learning are one of the most important places for principals and teachers to create a partnership, but it doesn't always happen. For principals who want to take the process seriously, there are 4 areas to focus on.