Isn’t it a great feeling when you finish a chapter, and the plot is moving in the direction you hoped? Some years seem to work like that. Other years, not so much. The great news is it doesn't matter. Because, either way, the years are chapters filled with learning. The years teach much which the … Continue reading Year In Review 2019
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
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
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)
I really believe that if you put your heart into your work, it's more than work. It becomes the addition to an ongoing masterpiece. Each day is an opportunity to add another stroke onto your canvas, another chisel into the stone. Whether it's a stroke of learning or a stroke of producing, you are creating … Continue reading What Are You Creating?
Good Sense and Creativity (or lack of) - A plea for creativity as the basis of school...instead of outdated industrial age systems. #edleadership
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)
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)
Outlier teachers push beyond growth mindset. They relentlessly pursue a step further. Do you know what it means to be an outlier teacher?
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