5 Questions to Consider

Do we listen to the educators’ expressed needs? Do we design professional learning experiences to be simple, or complex? Will the design challenge the learners’ expectations? Will it create a memory, meaning, or momentum? Will the teachers be able to apply what they’ve  learned? How have these questions been addressed in your school? Share your responses. Read one ...

10 Easy Ways To Recognize Teachers during the First Weeks of School Year

“Building a positive and energized work force . . . takes attitude and action.” – John O’Brien, VP if BI Worldwide Employee Performance Group 1. Write a welcome note to each teacher that is new to our school and mail it to their home address a few days before the start of workshop. 2. Each ...

Namesake

And, yet, I still don’t know her name. She greeted her guests by name and with a smile. She knew their orders before they did. She seemed to know ours, too. And, yet, I still don’t know her name. When she learned our names, she used them. Every interaction was personal. Regulars talked to us ...

Supporting New Team Members

I walked into the school office expecting to be given a guided tour of the campus, shown my classroom, and the location of the roll paper to make some bulletin boards. What I received was a set of keys and a firm gesture pointing to a blue door across the courtyard. “That’s your room. There.”, ...

Recognize. Empathize. Acknowledge.

Here we are at the beginning of another school year. Students have gathered their supplies. The kids walk into their schools to drop off their goodies and moan about being back at school. Yet, ten steps in they see a friend. They scream one another’s name, run, with arms flailing, down the hall to greet ...
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