Creation, Synthesis, and Replication in Schools

Is it possible that the creative process is rarely found in schools? Would you agree that the creation process is one of the most valuable thinking processes a student can go through? But is it really present in today's schools? Let's dig into the creative process, the role of synthesis, and the danger of replication … Continue reading Creation, Synthesis, and Replication in Schools

Staying Focused – Challenges, Benefits, and How To

If you've sat behind the principal's desk for more than 6 hours, you know it's difficult, and in some cases impossible, to stay focused on any single task. Magnify that challenge across days, weeks, and semesters, and you have the daunting challenge of staying focused as a school principal or educational leader. Why is it … Continue reading Staying Focused – Challenges, Benefits, and How To

Whatever It Takes (Book Review)

They're hurting. Some have experienced trauma. Some have undiagnosed challenges. They each have a story. They each have a future. We call them struggling students. Academically fragile. Behavior problems. Disadvantaged. But they are us. They have gifts like us. They have strengths. They have unmatched potential. They are not the problem. The system isn't designed for … Continue reading Whatever It Takes (Book Review)

Burned Out, Beaten Up, and Fighting Back (Book Review)

Burnout is not what you think is it. It is real, and it is not shameful to confess it. You are no less of an educator because of it...in fact, you might just be too much of an educator! In her new book, Dr. Latoya Dixon tackles the issue of burnout and confronts the narratives and … Continue reading Burned Out, Beaten Up, and Fighting Back (Book Review)

Educational Practices for the Past, the Future, and Humans (2018)

  Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. We’re already wrapping up the first month of 2018, and I’m reflecting on where 1/12th of the year has gone. Time marches quickly, which gives me reason to think about shaking things up. What will you decide to do with your 2018, so that … Continue reading Educational Practices for the Past, the Future, and Humans (2018)

Visible Learning, The Meta-Strategy

Visible Learning is the Meta-Strategy for all classrooms. John Hattie's groundbreaking synthesis and recent revisit shook up those awesome schools down under, but also continues to impact the way educators think about instruction and learning worldwide. Here in America, many schools are discovering the research in training sessions and discussions with instructional coaches. Visible learning is … Continue reading Visible Learning, The Meta-Strategy