This is a great article....it should remind both the leader and others that it takes open communication. Trust has to be offered by leadership as the first gesture and then respectfully taken up by others in a truly constructive criticism tone in order for this to work. Peter Senge talked about the vital role that dissenting voices provide and how wise organizations make sure they have this input.
So if Evernote is on your list of things to learn, but you can't quite make time to figure out how to apply it to your work life....try reading RussG's post about using it to get organized at home. I know I could use these techniques right off the bat at my house. Organizing the basement or the attic would be a huge plus.
Inspired by the loss of her thirteen year-old daughter, Candice Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1980 to combat drunk driving through education and legislation.
Love this way of organzing a message so that it allows others to "hear" your message. My fav is "gain critical mass"....OK hiding your idea under covers will never work out. Talk about it, share about it, build a critical mass that is saying the same thing as you. Change will happen.
In life and in leadership, we are constantly dealing with duality. To learn, we need to be curious. To lead, we need to have followers. To be strong, we need to be vulnerable. To give, we need to receive.
When I was a student (once upon a time I thought I was to be a clinical psychologist), and broke, and spending time in New York City (when I decided I was not to be a performing artist, choreographer for my career after all), I used to make extra ...
More and more we're seeing how the physical space sets a tone and helps to create culture. With so many of the classrooms and communal spaces fixed and with little $$$ to change those structures, what can we do to make a big change in how the physical space impacts us?
Inquiry learning has great potential when used by a skillful and highly effective teacher. How do we improve our teaching practices so that we have both ingredients for student learning present in all classrooms?
Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might (RT @MindShiftKQED: How does multitasking affect the way kids learn?
The premise that American students lag behind counterparts in other countries is so widely accepted that it’s casually repeated by just about everyone -- including educators. Here's why it's wrong.
This is for all of us who have endured and finished a grueling testing season. We can only hope that someone in a position of influence reads this, believes it and helps make sure that high stakes testing doesn't come back.
The QED Transformational Change Model (or TCM) offers a visual map of pathways to transformational learning environments. We aim to build demand and capacity for learning communities to spend more time in the transformational column.
I think the distinction between traditional, transitional and transformative is useful. I would imagine taking stock of where your organization is every 6-12 months....and comparing it where you were before. It could be an easy way to track where you're making progress and also where you're dragging.
Interesting article....and it speaks to how to go about developing teacher and student expertise in finding "just right" texts. What does the classroom conversations sound like. I wish there was a follow-up article to this that explained how things went after this learning moment.
More and more we must look for commonalities between subjects and content. I know elementary school teachers already get this, but middle and high school teachers.....we must begin to teach smart. Find those inter-disciiplinary threads that bind our curriculum together and teach in powerful ways.
Here's five PD essentials to support teachers in transitioning to close reading and the Common Core.
These are fantastic PD workshop trainer tips. I think my fav was "Teachers don't want abstract theory. They want ideas they can use in the classroom. Model the strategies, don't just talk about them". Right on. It's not that I don't think we want theories.....I think we don't want a solely theories kind of training.
This week I was able to observe a 4th grade classroom pilot the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment that will be in place in 2014 for most of our nation's public schools.