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August 25, 2016

Observation: Can We Stop The One And Done?

Teacher observation has been a waste of time for many leaders and teachers. Instead of looking at observation as a 1 and done, we need to look at it as a cycle, and this blog helps explain how to do it.

August 04, 2016

Authentic Feedback: What It Is and Isn't

In education we talk a lot about feedback but giving feedback is much more complicated that we think. This blog offers suggestions on what feedback is and what it isn't.

July 01, 2016

If Schools Had a Relationship Status, It Would Be 'It's Complicated'

Schools are sometimes like hoarders. They keep collecting stuff and don't get rid of the things they don't need.

June 23, 2016

My Bad: Why We Need to Talk About Our Shortcomings

Mistakes, errors, misjudgments...whatever you want to call them are an important part of our learning. In a show called My Bad, we get the opportunity to hear form teachers and leaders about their greatest mistakes and what they learned form them.

June 14, 2016

Is Your Parent Engagement Authentic or Compliant?

Communication between schools and parents can sometimes be very one-sided, which makes it more compliant engagement than authentic. There are at least 5 things to think about when it comes to parental engagement to make it more authentic than compliant.

June 12, 2016

5 Ways to Foster a Positive School Climate

Schools are still consumed by test scores when they should really be consumed by making sure they have a positive school climate. Here are five things they should focus on to get there.

June 08, 2016

Who Knows What's Best for Students?

Social media offers us a plethora of opportunities to chase after silver bullets that may or may not help us with our issues. Sometimes we need to take a big step back first and ask, "Who knows what's best for students?"

May 22, 2016

What Should We Expect Preservice Teachers to Know?

Many preservice teachers are just graduating, and a brand new teaching experience awaits them in the fall; and it's one that they will have to negotiate without a net. Hopefully their professors have prepared them, but there are at least 10 areas that they need to have on their minds when they enter the classroom.

May 01, 2016

Why Aren't Students Allowed to Blog?

Seriously? It's 2016 and students aren't encouraged to blog? There are at least 6 reasons why they should be blogging, and they all focus on learning!

April 19, 2016

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't offering the biggest bang for the buck.

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