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October 31, 2017

Station Learning Engages High School English Students

The more we offer students learning experiences that ask them to collaborate, consider multiple texts and genres of text and then provide them opportunity to think deeply about the learning, the more connected and meaningful their learning will be.

October 29, 2017

How Can Students Focus on Learning When Educators Only Care About Grades?

As education continues to shift, we need to evaluate the long held systems in place. Grading teachers doesn't make them more effective, constant conversations and snapshot observations will. We can only help improve educators if we take the time to get to know them. Admin, know your teachers. What are you waiting for?

October 26, 2017

When Confrontation Leads to Deeper Reflection

Changes in leadership can create discomfort with staff, especially if the prior administrator handled things very differently. Your team needs time to get used to new leadership and expectations. As relationships are being developed, everything is being watched. Every exchange is an opportunity for reflection and growth to become a better leader and develop more connected relationships.

October 24, 2017

School Leadership Can Feel Like a Treadmill

Since being in classrooms is really what will inform my ability to help teachers serve students, I know I have to get into them more in whatever capacity I can, especially beyond observations and walk-throughs, though I acknowledge this is a good start. How do I go about getting off the treadmill and onto the real learning part of leadership?

October 22, 2017

One Canadian School's Vision for Feedback-Based Assessment

Going gradeless was an idea that would begin to address a more active involvement by the students in the learning. I shared my thoughts with the staff and the School Council but cautioned them that I would need to seek approval from the Board prior to it becoming a reality. Initial reactions by most was to wonder if I hadn't taken a few too many hits to the head in a previous career.

October 20, 2017

Why We Write: Scholastic Journalism Educators on the Importance of Modeling

In a world that has more methods of communication than ever before it is important that we develop the necessary skills to effectively teach and model multiple forms of writing. By dedicating time to practice writing, we get better in the process.

October 17, 2017

Thoughts on Becoming a Leader

Odd. Eccentric. Peculiar. Positive. Assertive. Open. If there have been characteristics that accurately describe me throughout my life, the above would be true, as well as a whole host of others. The simple fact, though, is that I always felt different from people around me. And although I may not ...

October 15, 2017

Evolving Issues With Social Media and Appropriate Usage for Students and Staff

Knowing school law is essential when you're a school leader. This post is the introduction to my final school law paper about the evolving issues with social media and schools. Hopefully it will get you thinking about some of the inherent challenges. What has been your experience?

October 12, 2017

Imagine a New Learning Paradigm

As we continue to acknowledge the nuance of learning and adjust expectations accordingly, student engagement and ownership over their own learning will improve. It's time to de-emphasize testing as a means of accountability and start working with the community to build relationships that apply the skills being learned and also better our surroundings.

October 10, 2017

Be a Talent Coach, Not an Evaluator

Since we must evaluate teachers in New York, why not make that process valuable to everyone involved for the benefit of the students?

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