I became a principal by default, and I was, indeed, intimidating to some of the staff, and that annoyed me no end.
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February 12, 2013
February 07, 2013
Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.
February 05, 2013
Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?
January 31, 2013
Conversations play out quite differently when they take place in the shadow of punishment.
January 29, 2013
What and how should I respond to a student who is making another child's life miserable?
January 24, 2013
Wouldn't you agree that we want kids to respect adults because their judgment is good rather than because they have the power to hurt kids who don't obey them?
January 08, 2013
We have not done enough to make education compelling and important.
December 18, 2012
I think it is time for us to acknowledge that we won't find safety through security alone.
November 29, 2012
What we need to start with is a consensus that schools have to raise kids alongside their families; they have to join together on behalf of building a generation of strong citizens.
November 27, 2012
A big part of what is wrong with the current debate about reform is that it is dominated by what I think of as naïve optimists and radical pessimists. The naïve optimists are the ones promoting simplistic solutions like: "fire bad teachers," "lengthen the school day," ...