Experience Before Education

Experience Before Education
Cathy Seely, in a recent Educational Leadership article, wrote about teaching math. She suggests reversing the traditional I-We-You gradual release format. And, instead, use a You-We-I process. Providing the students with a problem to solve without requiring them to use a specific method. She uses the phrase “struggling on purpose”. Having done this myself, I ...

Celebrate the Cynic

Celebrate the Cynic
We all have to deal with other people’s opinions, unsolicited comments, and silent judgments. THEY may never change. But WE can move from tolerating their disposition to, not only accepting, but embracing its presence in our lives. Go into every situation knowing full well that they will redirect, question, or completely deny the validity of ...

Hear ye, hear ye! We must hear ye!

Hear ye, hear ye! We must hear ye!
In an effective lesson design, students are the primary activators of the lesson. For example, they may be working in small groups dialoguing with one another and presenting finished work.   At one point in the lesson, you may find yourself saying, “Remember, during your presentation, each person has to talk.” Why? Consider the rationale ...

Are you interested?

Are you interested?
When teaching, whatever your content, whatever your method, be present, be passionate. Your authentic passion will fuel their interest triple-fold. They will be interested in your interest in it even if they are not interested in it. Now isn’t that interesting? (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Where Should I Focus My Efforts to Retain Teachers?

Where Should I Focus My Efforts to Retain Teachers?
Where should we focus or efforts to retain teachers? Well, a recent study looked at teacher retention, movement, and attrition in Kentucky public schools. The study presented seven significant findings related to reasons teachers stayed, moved, or left either a school-site or the profession as a whole. According to the study rates of retention were “based on select ...

Teacher Retention Infographic

Teacher Retention Infographic

Have you considered it? (probably not)

Have you considered it? (probably not)
The boy was two, maybe three years old. He was holding his mother’s hand while they stood at the curb. He was eager to cross, but she, of course, stood fast. Through the window of the deli I could not hear her words, but understood her intention. She lowered her self to his level. She ...

Diversity Comes in Many Forms

Diversity Comes in Many Forms
We think of a group of people who look different from one another are diverse. And that is true. They are. However, the importance of that difference to the making of decisions does not lie solely in the group members’ outward appearance or life experiences. It is the knowledge base each person brings from their ...

5 Ways to Avoid Hearing “Are we there yet?”

5 Ways to Avoid Hearing
They, the preverbal ‘they’, say 90 some percent of all learning is visual. So, do your teachers have a clear vision of where they are going in their professional development? Do you, as their principal, coach, or mentor, know if they are on the right track toward their desired professional goals? Well, worry no more, ...

The Form, From & Function of Feedback

The Form, From & Function of Feedback
Please excuse the alliterative title. Its use was positively promoted primarily through teachers teeming with functional feedback from several sources. Annoying isn’t it. My older brother rues the day I discovered alliteration’s annoying properties. You can picture the scene – a long car ride with nothing else to do but enrage your big brother enough to ...
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