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Leadership concepts for Assistant Principals, other school leaders, and those interested in leading others. Follow me on twitter @APInsight
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Mastering difficult conversations with good people | SmartBlogs

Mastering difficult conversations with good people | SmartBlogs | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Conversations become difficult if you project onto good people how others or how you would feel to receive negative news. The lesson is: It's not about you.
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These tips can easily be transferred from the business world to education. We often delay sharing "bad news" because of how it makes US feel. This article reminds us, "it's not all about you."

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13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out -- THE Journal

13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out -- THE Journal | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
With hundreds of education-focused Twitter chats popping up across the globe, it can be tough for educators to get started. Here's the skinny on the what, when, and where of the best chats, and a few simple ways you can join the conversation.
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Several suggestions for following educational topics on twitter!

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Coaching New Teachers: The Importance of Modeling

Coaching New Teachers: The Importance of Modeling | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
I want to make another suggestion for coaching new teachers that is super high leverage and I can almost guarantee that it'll shift a teacher's practice. Here it is: Get in there and do some model teaching.
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This may benefit you, an administrator, as much as it does the new teacher! It will remind you of what challenges a teacher faces, and becuase you have made yourself vulnerable, forge stronger bonds between you and the teacher. perhaps you can consider modeling a particlar (new) strategy to a veterna teacher, too!

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New Leaders' Toolbox: Confidence

New Leaders' Toolbox: Confidence | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Treat confidence like a tool rather than a trait. Match your confidence to the situation to maxmize your credibility and influence.
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A brief article that reminds us that as a leader we don't have to be the best at EVERYTHING. In fact, we are often a better leader when we admist we aren't.

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Discordant Metronomes & Connected Educators

Discordant Metronomes & Connected Educators | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Learning in order to lead learning again, this time by exploring a really freaky phenomenon. I recently ran across a fascinating video (aptly tagged in the category This Is Awesome) of 32 discordan...
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"This phenomenon encapsulates how I view the role of school leader as being first and foremost a connector. The school leader connects the individuals within a team, school, or district in support of their efforts, much like the floor in this video example both supports and connects these individual pendulums"      

I like this as an  alternative to the oh so tired and prevalent sports analogies!!! (Although the author couldn't resist quoting a coach in the article).

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Free copy of Invent to Learn for educators

Free copy of Invent to Learn for educators | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"For a limited time, the Kindle (e-book) version of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom http://amzn.to/1529LDo ; is FREE!
 
From Wednesday, September 18 through Friday, September 20, 2013 the Kindle version of Invent to Learn will be free. (Start and end times are approximately midnight Pacific time.)
 


Via John Evans
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Kindle format can be run on iPad and other formats with a free app. This book provides some concrete examples of constructionism for classroom use.

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Diane Therrien's comment, September 21, 2013 6:43 AM
Thank you John for starting the communication on this one...:-)
Diane Therrien's comment, September 21, 2013 6:43 AM
Thank you John for starting the communication on this one...:-)
María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 23, 2013 4:25 AM
Amazing¡¡¡
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Ideas to Address The Common Core Challenge for ELLs

Ideas to Address The Common Core Challenge for ELLs | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

". . . there is research that can be used as the basis for helping promote high levels of content and language learning among ELLs."

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It is time to re-visit this article that provides several ideas for helping ELLs achieve.

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Purpose and Meaning: Essential for Staff Engagement

Purpose and Meaning: Essential for Staff Engagement | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Purpose and Meaning: Essential for Staff Engagement: Summer is over, and anyone still shaking the sand out of ... http://t.co/SBPwoKtYzK
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A ood analogy to share with your staff or to use as a model to construct your own-- how do you convey purpose and meaning to staff ?

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Modeling Leadership Grows Future Leaders

Modeling Leadership Grows Future Leaders | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Modeling leadership grows future leaders because we are no longer dictating, we’re empowering others to step up into their personal leadership.
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APs: This advice can be directed toward students or teachers. Provide support as teachers try new things, encourage then along the way, then let them fly. Leadership Scaffolding!

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8 Unobvious Ways To Have Way More Energy At Work

8 Unobvious Ways To Have Way More Energy At Work | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
From how you make decisions to what you decide to eat--everything in your day has power-sapping potential. Here's how to fight back against fatigue. (RT @FastCoLead: Sluggish this morn?
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Interesting thoughts for a stressful job. How can these be adapted and help reinvigor school leaders?

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Implementing the common core: 4 lessons learned for school and district leaders

Implementing the common core: 4 lessons learned for school and district leaders | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
This blog post is a collaboration between Sharon Contreras, superintendent of the Syracuse City School District in New York and Michael Moody, CEO of Insig (Implementing the common core: 4 lessons learned for school and district leaders: This blog...
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A nice mix of ideal and reality. A sort article with some insight in working with staff and Common Core

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Apps For Every Level Of Bloom's Taxonomy

Apps For Every Level Of Bloom's Taxonomy | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Bloom's Taxonomy has been steadily increasing its presence in my everyday reads lately.
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This article suggest free or inexpensive apps that can be used by leaders and teachers to develop ideas along the taxonomy. It can help you understand how to fomrulate questions for each level also.

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Should we Re-Think Reducing the Arts When it Comes to Achievement?

Should we Re-Think Reducing the Arts When it Comes to Achievement? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
As we celebrate Arts in Education Week, it is fitting to point out the many benefits of arts education.
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"A 2012 report (3) from the National Endowment for the Arts showed that, by nearly every indicator studied, a student from a low-socioeconomic (SES) background with a high-arts educational experience significantly outperformed peers from a low-arts, low-SES background, closing (and in some cases eliminating) the gap that often appears between low-SES students and their more advantaged peers." See what else the study said.

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Tips for Implementing Change and Successfully Managing the Transition

Tips for Implementing Change and Successfully Managing the Transition | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
As human beings we tend to be adverse to change and resistant to anything that threatens the status quo. Here's tips for implementing change successfully.
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Good reminders about dealing with the human side of the change process.
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For APs: 7 Ways To Get The Best Out of Your School’s Facebook Page

For APs: 7 Ways To Get The Best Out of Your School’s Facebook Page | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"Educational Institutions are making a great use of it to connect with students and their parents and building an online community where they can share lots of useful information rapidly."

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Good ideas fo building community!

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APs: High Schooler’s Facebook Post Can Constitute the Crime of Menacing

APs: High Schooler’s Facebook Post Can Constitute the Crime of Menacing | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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More on online posts. This time "meancing" and "panic inducing" but no particular threat.

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How to Manage People Older Than You

How to Manage People Older Than You | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
More and more people are working past age 65. Here's five ways to get the best out of workers--even those who have more experience than you do.
Nancy J. Herr's insight:

Although this article is written from a purely business perspecitive, I think it speaks to many of us.When I first took on a leadership postion, I was y9ounger than most of my colleagues.This short article reminds us of the value of each generation of employees.

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APs: Share with your staff--How Teachers Are Using Social Media to Extend Learning

APs: Share with your staff--How Teachers Are Using Social Media to Extend Learning | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Teachers are expanding the school day and enhancing learning through social media.
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Some great tips you can share with the teachers in your building.

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Effective Presentations: A rubric aligned with #CommonCore

Effective Presentations: A rubric aligned with #CommonCore | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

This rubric helps teachers guide students in grades 9-12 in making effective presentations in a project, and it can be used to assess their performance. Alignment with CCSS is noted.


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How test scores can be deceiving

They can seem to indicate one thing when they actually mean another.

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Badges and the Common Core: Can We Make GBL Build Motivation?

Badges and the Common Core: Can We Make GBL Build Motivation? | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
When today's K-12 students enter college and embark in their careers, they will most likely encounter a wide array of game-like elements, such as badge systems.
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Is providing a digital badge for levls of mastery a way to provide intricsic motivation to learn and achieve? This articles implies that it is.

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Leadership by Engagement

Leadership by Engagement | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

The engaged leader is willing and able to develop more leaders to create a sense of a shared platform. Everyone can contribute. Everyone can make a difference." 

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Building leadership capacity is a pleasure and a duty for school leaders.

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Keep Your Employees Happy (And Working Really Hard)

Keep Your Employees Happy (And Working Really Hard) | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
(image: Jessicahtam on Flickr) It doesn’t matter what you build, invent or sell; your organization can’t move forward without people.
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Another set of tips from business that can be applied to school leadership.

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Great Sources For Free Educational Videos

Great Sources For Free Educational Videos | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Students love to watch and learn. Why not showcase some of the best free educational videos and their repositories then?

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Help your teachers add videos to their repertoire of technology.

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Agora Abierta's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:06 AM

Donde encontrar vídeo educativos online de manera gratuita

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 28, 2013 4:26 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

Scott Anderson (Daymap)'s curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:53 PM

Here are some fantastic and free links teachers can use!

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Personal Leadership: It's All About the People, Stupid!

Personal Leadership: It's All About the People, Stupid! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Many leaders just want to tell their people the goal, and then expect them to just go out and create amazing success without any guidance, coaching, managing, or ...leading. Leadership is all about the people one leads.
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Don't forget that people are more than their job. Understanding them is understanding leadership.
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