Teaching

How To Appreciate Teachers? Give Them More Time.

May 7, 2020

There is no better way to appreciate teachers than by honoring their time and professionalism.   Yet, in so many cases, time for deep, collaborative professional learning is minimal– 3 full days a year seems to be pretty standard, with common...

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Simplify-essential standards

Now is the time to simplify our learning standards

April 16, 2020

Teachers are overwhelmed.  Parents are overwhelmed.  Leaders are overwhelmed. And, to be fair, this feeling isn’t new for educators, though it’s magnified now. It’s time to simplify. Simple does not mean easy. Simple does not  mean that we are letting...

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How do I lead school from my living room?

April 9, 2020

This is surreal! “This just doesn’t feel right! I miss the kids.  I miss the teachers.  I miss visiting classrooms, shaking hands with students as they enter the building, laughing with teachers at lunch duty!” This, or some version of...

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Padlet Block Parties: The Jazzed-Up Online Staff Meeting!

April 1, 2020

For years now, great principals have moved away from the nuts and bolts staff meeting in favor of interactive professional learning and dialogue. While the current crisis likely demands a return to orderly info sessions, there will soon be time...

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Teachers, are you afraid to say yes?

March 11, 2020

Are you afraid to say yes? I bet you are, at least a little bit. Saying NO is easier.  It’s safer.  It lets you maintain control.  NO is the word of restraint. I think that’s why it’s a first response...

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Teachers, why all the “shushing”?

March 1, 2020

Shhhhh. Finger raised to lips, teacher looks sternly at students. Once again, “sshsh: Why? What message are we sending our students when we shush them? I recently posed this to some teachers I was working with.  I’d noticed it in...

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