September 2016 Blog Posts (52)

Teacher Leadership Matters by Christopher Wooleyhand, Ph.D.

Teacher leadership was the discussion topic for #mdeschat the other night. Many great insights were shared. Here are a few:



“A leader helps to create more leaders and inspires. That is exactly what I want to do as a teacher.” -Michael Donnelly @mrdonnelly3



“In the collaborative culture that we build, shared leadership is needed, we can’t do it alone!” –Cheryl Cox @CoxCherylcox628



“Teaching is so complex and involves so many variables; empowering critical… Continue

Added by Debbie Wooleyhand on September 30, 2016 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Poll: Significant teacher demand for growth mindset PD

Poll: Significant teacher demand for growth mindset PD

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  • A national poll by the Education Week…
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Added by Michael Keany on September 30, 2016 at 9:11am — No Comments

No Room For Heroes and Rockstars in Education

Schools may not be reflecting the needs of the economy and society in regard to some things like how teaching and learning take place, how technology is used, how subjects are organized, standards are applied, or assessments are developed,  but they do reflect society's hunger for heroes.  Just like the world outside of schools, where athletes, movie stars, authors, and rock stars have fans and followers, educators choose their own rock stars to revere. …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 29, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

Sight-Words and Three Card Monte: both are hustles

 Some might think I'm flippant when I compare reigning educational theory with a common street con.

 No, I'm entirely serious. The common denominator is verbal and intellectual sleight-of-hand.

 Anyone who teaches reading or wants to understand our reading crisis should take a few minutes to explore this article and the accompanying…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 27, 2016 at 5:23pm — No Comments

How to Practice Mindfulness With Teenagers

Mindfulness is all the rage these days. Schools across the world are embracing mindfulness as an antidote for rising stress, emotional regulation, and attention deficit. Moreover, evidence is mounting for the positive impact of mindfulness-based interventions on each of the major Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Core Competencies.



For example, mindfulness practices have been found to benefit executive functioning in students (Flook et al, 2010),…

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Added by Caitlin Marinelli on September 26, 2016 at 11:34am — No Comments

I’ll take it as a compliment! by Christopher Wooleyhand, Ph.D.

Our school recently held a parent night for our Spanish speaking families. I stood at the front of the school opening the door and greeting families as they arrived. The turn-out was nice and included many of our students. After some refreshments, one of our first grade teachers took the students to her classroom for some fun activities while our EL teacher and community liaison worked with the parents.



The parents participated in warm-up games to help them get to know each other.… Continue

Added by Debbie Wooleyhand on September 22, 2016 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

EATING AND HEALTH

Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

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Added by Michael Keany on September 21, 2016 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Education: Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed?

Schools are local entities, basically funded by mostly local taxes and are subsidized by state and national government funds. Lobbies exist, even if shrouded in sheep's clothing.  There has been no time in recent memory when discussion of school improvement was not in the news, or on the minds of leaders, boards, parents, communities, and politicians. Each has a vested interest in the quality of education.  There are the plethora of businesses that offer advice through professional…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 20, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Principal exposes dark secrets about K-12 education

True story. A very aggressive parent pushed and provoked a principal until he blurted out all the dirty secrets.

Nothing the parent said could change his mind on anything. If the parent's child wanted a better education, the kid will have to go somewhere else. Etc.

 This short article got 350 positive comments so you know it's interesting material. Many people wonder why the schools seem to actually favor ignorance. It's all part of a…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 19, 2016 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Traditional PD: ‘totally useless’?

Traditional PD: ‘totally useless’?

In a guest post on the Answer Sheet blog in The Washington Post, Alvin Crawford of Knowledge Delivery Systems, which offers online professional development, writes that few can argue teachers today are getting the support and training they need to be effective and efficient, whether they stay in…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 19, 2016 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

Are You Moving Toward a New Harbor?

For some, a leader stands above us and apart from us, in a position of authority, and guides us toward a vision. For others, leaders are one of us, inclusive in process, and highly transparent as we move toward the vision. Both can be inspiring and also can be successful. The heavy lift rests in the blending of these; the yearning for the patriarch who vowed to take care of us all and so we followed and the yearning to own a part of the leadership process with efficacy seeking a leader…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 18, 2016 at 8:08am — No Comments

The marshmallow test, reconsidered

The marshmallow test, reconsidered

Deferred gratification underlies self-discipline and grit — putting off what you enjoy until you finish what you don’t, writes Alfie Kohn for Education Week. Proponents of grit often point to a study by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel, in which preschool-aged children were left alone and…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 16, 2016 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Helping New Teachers Develop a Strong Foundation

The first year of teaching can be overwhelming.  Trying to navigate an often illogical system and find your niche in the school culture that you hope to thrive in is stressful enough.  Add in trying to apply all you have learned about teaching and learning during four years of college while struggling with classroom management, student motivation, and parents, and there are a lot of sleepless nights.  I remember questioning my choice to be a teacher often…

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Added by Robert Tymann on September 15, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Let’s Stop Grading Our Kids on Responsibility BY AMBER CHANDLER

Let’s Stop Grading Our Kids on Responsibility

A MiddleWeb Blog

Amber-logo-250 I have to start with a confession. I am both Type A and a reformed “responsibility…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 15, 2016 at 11:35am — No Comments

How an award-winning teacher uses an app and camera phone to reinforce good math skills

How an award-winning teacher uses an app and camera phone to reinforce good math skills

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Added by Michael Keany on September 15, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Price Leaders Pay

Leaders are extraordinary people. To be clear, we are talking about persons who choose to take the responsibility of leading and do so with integrity and with courage and with purpose, not those who have simply attained positions of power and authority. The difference is often revealed in moments.  In schools, sometimes leaders can be found within those who step into that role when a crisis arises or who speak up when a wrong is being done or who become a champion for those who are…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 15, 2016 at 7:35am — No Comments

How to Teach for Real Life Learning by Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker

How to Teach for Real Life Learning

In the next weeks, many new teachers will enter their own classrooms for the first time. To help them on their way, MiddleWeb is publishing a series of useful articles. Here’s our second excerpt from…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 13, 2016 at 2:43pm — No Comments

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