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 ...

Skipping School at Age Four?

We are thinking of holding her back cause she’s a summer baby. What do you think? He’s already reading and he can write his first and last name. Should we have him skip Kinder altogether? Many of you have been asked these questions by well-intending parents. The decisions made, in part, from our answers, have ...

Teaching is Not for Everyone

Check out this entertaining video of Hugh Jackman “interviewing” for a teaching position. http://youtu.be/fipSEmdj3i0 Greg Schnagl

Teaching vs Educating

Yogi Berra, Major League Baseball player, is credited for saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.” Where are you going with your learning experiences? What direction are you taking your students? What directions are you guiding your students? Are you pulling or pushing them toward the objectives? ...

Learning Forward Summer Conference

Those of you near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota have a wonderful opportunity to be immersed in conversation about professional development. Learning Forward is a dynamic organization advocating for teachers. Learn more about Learning Forward’s Summer Conference offerings via this link: http://www.learningforwardconference.org/summer13/ The king of Instructional Coaching, Jim Knight, will be one of the keynote presenters. A can’t miss ...

Pros of Political Policy

The greatest benefit to the last twenty years of educational legislation has been the conversations. I do not believe the policies directly benefited society, teachers or students, but it did get us all talking. An argument is an exchange of ignorance, where as a discussion is an exchange of ideas. Discussions generated the policies. Discussions are amending them. Discussions will form the future models. It ...
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