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Carole Robin: Feedback is a Gift | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Carole Robin: Feedback is a Gift | Stanford Graduate School of Business | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Seven tips for giving feedback to others.
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Well put reminders about the crucial leadership skill of giving feedback. Both in the workplace and in the classroom.
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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
"Read along with me: the best is yet to be." - Lisa Dabbs (adapted from Robert Browning)

When I first became a teacher, I was excited to begin sharing the love of reading with my students. I grew up
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Finding a love of reading is not something that comes automatically for children. They need an environment that helps develop this love. Here are 5 things you can do.

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Research Papers from "Language Teaching"

Research Papers from "Language Teaching" | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
As they did last year, Cambridge Journals are offering limited access to the top 10 most requested articles in 2013 from the Language Teaching Journal. Some articles that made the list in 2012 are ...
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Get the top 10 articles from Cambridge's Language Teaching Journal for free until the end of February here.

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VIDEO: Extensive Reading Program Design

VIDEO: Extensive Reading Program Design | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
This is a short lecture given as part of a Sendai JALT meeting (the Extensive Reading Colloquium) in January 2014. It was held at the Tohoku University Library. Here is the ER Program Design handou...
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Watch video from last Sunday's JALT Sendai event on Extensive Reading.

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Freedom Writers (2007)

Freedom Writers (2007) | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Directed by Richard LaGravenese. With Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn. A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
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Students plagued by violence and racial tensions realize with their teacher’s help that they are actually more alike than different. Ms. G’s determination to work through administration’s roadblocks, really listen to her students, ask tough questions, and use innovative methods opens up their natural desire to learn and for the first time develop themselves through study.

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12 Letters That Didn't Make the Alphabet

12 Letters That Didn't Make the Alphabet | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
You know the alphabet. It’s one of the first things you’re taught in school. But did you know that they’re not teaching you all of the alphabet?
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Some fun: a collection of letters historically used in English.

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Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice?

Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice? | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Critics say private, for-profit schools undermine public education in the developing world.
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For-profit education targets mass populations of poor in Kenya with a cheap, scripted, and monitored program. Can education work as a business on a large scale?

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Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living

Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve.

On October 23, 2006, I sent a short email to a few friends at work
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Interesting thoughts from Brain Pickings, including some you might see as surprises. Can these help us lead and build our schools? How can we help our students find these thoughts?

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How To Earn Your Employees' Respect -- Without Terrifying Them

How To Earn Your Employees' Respect -- Without Terrifying Them | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Attila the Hun I’ve been chewing on these ideas for awhile, especially after I sat in on a scrum with my development team.
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Teachers and school administrators also need clearly defined expectations, structure, resources, feedback and more from management . . .

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Fewer Rules, Better Schools

Fewer Rules, Better Schools | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
There's a difference between controlling your classroom and controlling students.
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Students need flexibility and freedom within the structure a classroom provides. You can promote responsibility and procedures rather than enforcing compliance. 

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
The real gender issue isn't a lack of qualified women, but a surplus of unqualified men.
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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic suggests that people have difficulty discerning between confidence and competence, being fooled into believing that displays of hubris, more common in men, are signs of leadership potential. Arrogance and overconfidence, however, are "inversely related to leadership talent."

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If You Aren't Taking Notes, You Aren't Learning

If You Aren't Taking Notes, You Aren't Learning | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg addressed a large auditorium of young entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He shared lessons from his journey and his perspective on the state of the internet industry. Every
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Do your adult students take notes in class? Do your teachers and staff take notes in meetingsf? Do you?

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Connect, Then Lead

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Is it better to be loved or feared?

Niccolò Machiavelli pondered that timeless conundrum 500 years ago and hedged his bets. “It may be answered that one should wish to be both,” he acknowledged, “but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved.”

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Research indicated that although we think others will judge us by our competence, we tend to first judge others on their warmth and trustworthiness. For us as teachers and managers, this can greatly affect our classrooms and workplaces. HBR describes how to bridge this gap.

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The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way he helped to transform seven industries: personal computing, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, retail stores, and digital publishing.

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On Steve Jobs and leadership, summarized by his biographer.

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How to Create Meaning at Work When the Outcome Isn’t Always Meaningful

How to Create Meaning at Work When the Outcome Isn’t Always Meaningful | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
The answer lies in a simple question: Does your company help employees become better people?
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Meaningful work doesn't simply derive from the organization's stated goals; can teachers and staff better themselves by working at your school?

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Outlook: Child Poverty in the US

Outlook: Child Poverty in the US | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Child poverty in the US told through the eyes of 13-year-old Jonny who lives in a shelter
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The inspiring Bill Strickland emphasizes art in schools across America that help kids escape poverty. He emphasizes school environment with leadership and values, and treating kids well. His inner-city schools graduate 99% of students.

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The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
“When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend.”
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Those that reach mastery level consistently practice difficult things: here, progress is more challenging and they explore and make lots of mistakes. With performing tasks we are good at, we are pleased with success and may believe this is our best; but our brains are on autopilot, we've ceased to improve--to move forward, however, we can delibrately stay in challenging practice mode.

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Cepeda: Reading, the essential skill

Cepeda: Reading, the essential skill | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
CHICAGO -- With not a small amount of disdain, my youngest son -- the one who’s addicted to his Xbox video game console -- said to his parents the other
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Reading for fun? Or challenging students to read as daily exercise? 

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How To Write Emails That Lead To “Yes”

How To Write Emails That Lead To “Yes” | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
An 8-step program.
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Working on the details of basics like emails is a part of the overal constant refinement that contributes to progress.

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Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch pushes back against the idea that American schools are obsolete.
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Diane Ravitch on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart talks about public education and her new book "Reign of Error."

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai describes the Taliban's harsh governing style.
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Malala meets Jon Stewart. When I first heard about Malala about a year ago, I thought she might have been a bit overhyped. But she's the real deal. Still only 16, she's now rivalling Sir Ken Robinson as a spokesperson for education recognizable all over the world.

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Toys 'R' Us U.K. Agrees To End Gender Marketing

Toys 'R' Us U.K. Agrees To End Gender Marketing | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Toys "R" Us announced Friday that its U.K. stores will stop labeling toys "boys" and "girls." New standards will be set for in-store signage and images will show children of both genders playing with the same toys.
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A big thumbs up to unlabeling toys as "for girls" or "for boys." We concur that the marketing of certain toys according to gender can influence children a great deal by limiting their creative thought. Similarly, in the classroom, when teachers create deep divisions between sexes in kindergarten (girls should be drawn with long hair and skirts, boys should choose blue instead of pink, for example), we are not helping them to expand their creative horizons and think openly and independently.

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Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready

Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Original article: Start Before You Feel Ready

In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen–year–old boy dropped out of school.

With the help of a friend, he started a magazine for students and made money by selling advertisements to local businesses.
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Some inspiration for those who aren't sure if they're ready to start a school or expand into something new.

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Teacher Development Research: Keys to Educator Success

Teacher Development Research: Keys to Educator Success | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
Teacher Development Research Table of Contents:

Introduction
Keys to Educator Success
Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
Avoiding Pitfalls
Annotated Bibliography



Teaching quality has been defi
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What is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? Research review on working to generate educator success in schools.

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Why schools aren’t businesses: The blueberry story

Why schools aren’t businesses: The blueberry story | EFL School Owners and Managers | Scoop.it
How a corporate leader discovered schools shouldn't be run like businesses.
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Is your school a business?

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