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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership | Getting Better | Scoop.it
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Wisdom through the ages for modern leaders.  Here are ten very good reasons we should all be a little familiar with classical philosophy. 

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The 3 Phases of Education : Realize, Learn, Practice | The Big Picture

The 3 Phases of Education : Realize, Learn, Practice | The Big Picture | Getting Better | Scoop.it

perWe tend to think that some abilities or skills can be learned, while many others are innate talents. This outlook is neither accurate nor useful for our success. It is true that the abilities of some people are enhanced by their genes.

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Another perspective on a growth minset with some guidance on how to think about what you need to improve.

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What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Teach your students about the "9 Key Ps" of digital citizenship as you help them acquire both proactive and experiential knowledge of the online world.
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Lavish praise 'does not help pupils'

Lavish praise 'does not help pupils' | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Teachers who try to encourage low-achieving students with lots of praise could harm their learning, claims research into classroom tactics.
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Interesting short read that confirms the need for research based practices that are wise and contextually appropriate.

 

Two takaway lines for thought...

"Although teachers want to encourage underachieving pupils by giving them praise, this can have a negative impact on them, the study concluded."

 

"It warned that research shows that if children's failure brings them sympathy they are more likely to associate that approval with underachievement."

 

While we do not need to praise underachievement in hopes to build confidence, we must be careful to not punish minor accomplishments either.  Like most of education, nothing is black and white.  Context...context...context...

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Teacher Leadership: Exception or Norm?

Teacher Leadership: Exception or Norm? | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Does teacher leadership make for better classroom teaching? Maybe. But it will definitely make better schools, better policy, and a stronger teaching profession.
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While this article is written from a "California" perspective, it's suggestions and claims are felt throughout the nation in every district.  Take the following phrases for example:

 

"It's not that student learning is secondary at all, but rather, a question of how we build and sustain an educational system that supports all students and teachers in a number of interconnected ways. Thinking of each teacher being solely responsible for the students in one classroom will not transform schools or the profession."


"...most teachers - especially here in California - are already laboring under the strain of classes that are too large, in schools that are significantly under-resourced."


"We simply cannot keep adding to the teacher workload. The new version of our profession will require a substantial investment in school systems and teachers, and fiscal conservatives may balk at such demands. Would that they were similarly cost-conscious when it comes to war and incarceration, but actually, it's important to recognize that we pay the price no matter what. A weaker school system just extracts its cost in different ways."


Who among us does not work in a school where teachers (and administrators) continue to be overburdened, resources continue to dwindle, and class sizes are growing unmanageable?  That doesn't mean we need to stop giving.  Instead let's look at the way we are using the second most valuable resources we have...teachers.

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Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals

Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals | Getting Better | Scoop.it

School or work environments are like home environments–it doesn’t take long to figure out if you are in a happy, productive place or not.
Last week I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting with our principal association when we were each asked to share at least one idea on building positive environments from each of our schools. It was so encouraging that I wanted to share them with you. Here are 20 ideas from 20 principals to inspire you to try something new in your school or organization:

 


Via Patti Kinney
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This is a good list to start any brainstorming session.  All of the examples are strong methods for picking up the culture.  I am currently using 3 of them (suggestions from our PBS Committee) and will be putting the rest on the next agenda.

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We Teach These Kids

We Teach These Kids | Getting Better | Scoop.it
I see her crying, tears rolling down her cheeks as she tries to get through the assignment. My heart sinks, I don't have time, we have so much to cover, and yet I know what I need to do. Outside th...
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A short few lines about education instead of schooling.

 

To all those teachers who:

focus on much more than just content and skills...

help children realize that success is not quitting...

show children the brighter side of a dark life...

work for growth instead of perfection...

turn frustration into engagement...

realize the child instead of the data...

have experienced the anxiety, tears, and frustration, but helped anyway...


To all the teachers who continue to learn from that unique, valuable perspective children have...keep doing what you do...children need you.  Thank you

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Mental Toughness 101 - Thoughts on Improving the Mind

Mental Toughness 101 - Thoughts on Improving the Mind | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Partial material taken from Y.C.H.T.P. General Discussion/Introduction: “Theory of a Miss” - Some time ago, while trying to figure out why I was making mistakes, while knowingly making them (observ...
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This is a very good article on the role a persons emotional state plays in the development and utilization of their ability to be mentally tough.

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Self respect - Napa Valley Register

Self respect - Napa Valley Register | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Self respect
Napa Valley Register
We have all been brought up to be humble and to always respect the opinions of others. In all this talk of respecting others, self-respect sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.
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Very good read on the often lost trait of self respect.  There are three main points that really stand out.  First, the three reasons people hate you..."One, they want to be you. Two, they hate themselves. Three, they see you as a threat."  Second is the idea of believing in yourself and how people cling to who you are or were rather than what you can become.  I just recently tweeted about the need to stop searching for experts to tell you the answer rather, be your own expert.  Finally, the piece ends well as it speaks about looking back to see where you have been and how far you have come.  It's so simple it's difficult.  We all have an innate power within us to become successful beyond measure.  Unfortunately, many of us lack the will to act.  Support helps, but eventually we must take the final steps under our own power.

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Changing Your Questions, Changes Your Life! -

Changing Your Questions, Changes Your Life! - | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Chris Cannon: CoachChrisCannon.com Have you ever had one of those days where you feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and it seems like nothing is going right in your day? I’ve had several!
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Another perspective on why its incredibly important to ask the right questions.  We do not just get the right answer by asking well thought out questions, but the poor abswers we get from not thinking are much more damaging.  They begin to cause trends in our thinking that may be very difficult to reverse.

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6 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

6 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media | Getting Better | Scoop.it
While growing up online has its benefits, it also poses new risks. Here are six tips from parenting experts to help you keep your kids safe on social media.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Fairly informative, short piece that shares some of the basic concepts parents should be practicing with their children.

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Twelve Alternatives to "How Was Your Day?" | Education Rethink

Twelve Alternatives to "How Was Your Day?" | Education Rethink | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Education Rethink: Twelve Alternatives to "How Was Your Day?" http://t.co/UXcRqULB6A
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This is an excellent article highlighting  the importance of: conversations with our kids, reading, a growth mindset, creativity, and imagination!  Not much more to say except that I plan on using some of these tonight!

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SchoolCIO Blogs - DAILY INSIGHT: 21 things every 21st-century teacher should do this year, part 2

SchoolCIO Blogs - DAILY INSIGHT: 21 things every 21st-century teacher should do this year, part 2 | Getting Better | Scoop.it

" Just know that as a teacher in the 21st century you ultimately hold the key to unleash this creative beast. So try something on the list this year that may force you a bit out of your comfort zone because there is no better way to learn than trying."


Via John Evans
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Important to remember that this is part 2!  Pretty interesting tips concerning all the tools available to teachers and administrators.  Also a good source creative ideas and tips on how to organize all of this stuff that has become available.  

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Five Things Great Leaders Do Right

Five Things Great Leaders Do Right | Getting Better | Scoop.it
To state the obvious: Great leadership is vital to any organization. Great leaders set the direction for the organization and determine resource allocation to get it done. They create the tone by how they lead and make decisions. They nurture a [...]
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Very good article highlighting five essential qualities and practices leaders must exhibit if they are to truly make a lasting impact.

 

To that end, leaders must always have a vision that everyone in every position is able to not just understand, but also relate to their own desires and goals.  This is accomplished through transparancy, trust, and motivation.  Remember..."If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" - George S. Patton

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Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency

Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Turning a forbidding acceptable use policy into a friendlier digital empowerment guideline can shift your school culture into a more tech-friendly place.
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We must shift from forbidding to teaching. If we model a closed mind through our policies, we can expect no more from our students. Blind restrictions foster defiance rather than growth.
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Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles - The Guardian

Education study finds in favour of traditional teaching styles - The Guardian | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Report from Sutton Trust and Durham University says way that pupils learn ‘remains a mysterious subject’
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This is an interesting argument to begin a more in depth conversation, but may need some further clarification.


For example:

"...the best research suggests that teachers with a command of their subject, allied with high-quality instruction techniques such as effective questioning and assessment, are the most likely to impart the best learning to their pupils."


Exactly what studies are considered the best studies?

 

"Successive governments have ignored the importance of investing in teachers, including teacher education, continuous professional development and teacher retention"


Which governments are we talking about?

 

The main point is valid though:

"...we do not have as clear an idea of what good teaching is as we might think. So before we can actually discuss how to improve teaching practice, we need to clarify what good practice looks like. Otherwise we risk promoting practices that are not actually very effective.”

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Dr. Jones' Office: Awareness is Action’s First Step

Dr. Jones' Office: Awareness is Action’s First Step | Getting Better | Scoop.it
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A reminder to all about October, the need to be more aware, and constant need for action concerning bullying.  This links to a post with other links, videos, and resources.

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Build School Morale by Attending to the 5 Cs - Whole Child Education

Build School Morale by Attending to the 5 Cs - Whole Child Education | Getting Better | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education.
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This is a good article on what really makes educational institutions become places of higher level thinking, exceptional teaching, and deeper understanding.  Three standout quotes say it all:


"As educators and leaders, it is imperative we acknowledge that some of the most important pieces for building a whole culture are often those pieces we can't necessarily measure through data."


"It is value. It is self-worth. Morale is a by-product, as is a positive and authentic culture. And when a culture is founded in value, where people feel valued and appreciated for who they are, what they do, and the talents and gifts they bring, it creates a "whole" organization or school."


"You can't set the tone and climate of your organization without first attending to the culture. For most schools and organizations, culture is not a thing, as much as it is a deeply-embedded mindset of "the way we do things around here." Which is why connections and relationships remain paramount to building a strong school culture, climate, and morale.



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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
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This is a good article that rests on the foundation of good questioning with authentic discussion and transparant, positive assessment.  I would argue that there needs to be a paradigm shift concerning these 10 characteristics.  They need to be viewed and taught as attainable skills rather than characteristics.  The explicit instruction in questioning, discussion, and assessment can only help the overall education of students.

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More Important Than Talent | Mental Toughness | Changing the Game Project

More Important Than Talent | Mental Toughness   | Changing the Game Project | Getting Better | Scoop.it
Talent goes a long way in determining whether an athlete will make it at an elite level. But the factor that separates talented athletes from other talented athletes: the willingness to suffer and endure hardship.
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Excellent article on the connection between a person’s ability to endure suffering (adversity) and ultimate success.  While the author doesn't necessarily give steps on how to build mental toughness, he definitely nails its importance.  The following paragraph says it all if you look at encounters in life as coaching and competing situations:

 

"Far too many have been coddled by their parents and protected from failure. Others have had coaches who let them give less than their best.... When a coach got tough, these players were used to backing off. When they encountered adversity, their parents stepped in and intervened, instead of using it as a teachable moment. When given the choice...these athletes often chose the easy path. That is why they will not make it."

 

Learning is born from mistakes.  Success is born from failure.  Endure the suffering if you want...no…if you want your child to succeed.  You won’t/can’t always be there.  They are worth it...aren't they?

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Saying Farewell to Derek Jeter: 5 Lessons on Integrity

Saying Farewell to Derek Jeter: 5 Lessons on Integrity | Getting Better | Scoop.it
As Derek Jeter brings his final, 20th season to a close, fans may best know the shortstop for not his hits or batting average but rather his leadership, from which entrepreneurs can derive inspiration.
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I really like the five lessons...they are basic bedrock, but not too sure about the model for them.  That said, these are lessons everyone needs to check, practice, and check again.

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8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more -

8 ways teachers can talk less and get kids talking more - | Getting Better | Scoop.it
On Twitter, I recently shared an excellent article by Justin Tarte called 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself. The first reflection question Justin recommends is: Who is doing a majority of the talking in your classroom? It’s the person who is doing the majority of the talking that tends to do the most learning, so what …
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This is a good resource/reminder concerning how a classrooom should work to increase student understanding.  Personally, I believe  numbers 5, 6, and 8 are some of the most effective ways to deepen learning.

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A Creed for Self Discipline -

A Creed for Self Discipline - | Getting Better | Scoop.it
A Creed for Self-Discipline Napoleon Hill Excerpt from The Master-Key To Riches Willpower: Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind, I will exercise it daily, when I need the urge…Read more → (A...
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Short, but meaningful rendering of building good habits and pieces of the puzzle we often either take for granted or overlook.  Following the ideas presented will most assuradly increase the opportunity for success.  I personally think "conscience" and the "subconscious mind" are incredible important and required if on is to be a good leader.

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7 Habits Of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

7 Habits Of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness | Getting Better | Scoop.it

GSince success doesn't usually come easy, metal toughness is something that we should all learn to develop (The past is just training; it doesn’t define you: http://t.co/oPr0pLs5Tp)...

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Good article highlighting the various ways a person can get in the habit of and build their capacity to be mentally tough.

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Build School Morale by Attending to the 5 Cs - Whole Child Education

Build School Morale by Attending to the 5 Cs - Whole Child Education | Getting Better | Scoop.it
We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education.
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This is a very good blog entry that touches on what I believe to be the biggest mistake being made with current culture of data and assessment.  Education and learning is a qualitative process that cannot always be measured quantitatively.  Most research bears out that learning starts with relationships and understanding often comes with the aid of collective intelligence that embraces divergent thinking.  How do we create or continue a culture in which this is embraced?  Quite possibly by nurturing the most perfect sythesis of qualitative and quantitative there is...people and their thinking

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