A Network Connecting School Leaders From Around The Globe
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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. …Continue
Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 29, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 27, 2016 at 5:23pm — No Comments
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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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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 19, 2016 at 7:15pm — No Comments
|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…
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…Continue
Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 18, 2016 at 8:08am — No Comments
|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…
Added by Michael Keany on September 16, 2016 at 3:21pm — No Comments
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on September 15, 2016 at 7:35am — No Comments
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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