Not having produced a best seller by 23 (or 36 or 54) is the least of your worries.
"Failure in writing is not like failure in business, where you lose money and have to fire everyone and remortgage your house. When you’re a writer, most of the time, people don’t depend on you to succeed. Although you may starve if your books don’t sell, or your agent might yell at you for producing something that three people will read, failure in writing is more of an intimately crushing day-to-day thing. O.K., minute-to-minute. Measured against your ideal of yourself."
- What actions and behaviors can you point to that make them effective leaders in the area of technology?
- Do administrators have to be technology-savvy themselves in order to be effective technology leaders in their organizations? - What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that administrators can take to move their school organizations forward? - What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that can be taken to move administrators themselves forward? - Given the unrelenting pressures that they face and their ever-increasing time demands, what are some things that administrators can do to become more knowledgeable and skilled in the area of technology leadership? - Perhaps using ISTE’s Standards for Administrators (formerly the NETS-A) as a starting point, what are the absolutely critical skills or abilities that administrators need to be effective technology leaders?What strengths and deficiencies are present in ISTE’s Standards for Administrators? - What are some of the biggest challenges and barriers to administrators being better technology leaders (and how do we address them)? - What are some of the lessons that we have learned over the past year(s) regarding technology leadership? - What is a technology tool that would be extremely useful for a busy administrator (i.e., one he or she probably isn’t using now)? - What should busy administrators be reading (or watching) that would help them be better technology leaders? - What are some other resources that would help them be better technology leaders? - How can administrators best structure necessary conversations with internal or external stakeholders regarding technology? - How should administrators balance enablement with safety, risk with reward, fear with empowerment? - When it comes to P-12 technology leadership, where do we need new knowledge, understanding, training, or research? - What are (or might be) some successful models of technology leadership training for school administrators? - How might preservice preparation programs for administrators better incorporate elements of technology leadership? - When you think of (in)effective P-12 technology leadership, what comes to mind?"
"One of the biggest problems you need to solve if you work for yourself is how to make yourself do work.
The best entrepreneurs have figured it out and just pound out the work they need to do.
But many others put off their dream careers, or stay in jobs they like, because they’re afraid to figure this out. Being in a job, or staying in college, means that you have someone else imposing work and deadlines on you, and you’ll get fired (or dropped from school) if you don’t do the work. So you put off doing the work until you can’t anymore because of the fear of being fired.
What does this say about us? It’s saying that we can’t trust ourselves enough to figure out how to motivate ourselves. I know, because I was in this boat for many years. It wasn’t until I started to learn to solve this problem that I found the courage to work for myself.
"The persistent financial demands of Wall Street have trumped the informational needs of Main Street. Print has become too much of a drag on earnings, so media companies are dividing back up and print is being kicked to the curb." "So whose fault is it? No one’s. Nothing is wrong in a fundamental sense: A free-market economy is moving to reallocate capital to its more productive uses, which happens all the time. Ask Kodak. Or Blockbuster. Or the makers of personal computers. Just because the product being manufactured is news in print does not make it sacrosanct or immune to the natural order. • It’s a measure of the basic problem that many people haven’t cared or noticed as their hometown newspapers have reduced staffing, days of circulation, delivery and coverage. • Will they notice or care when those newspapers go away altogether? I’m not optimistic about that."
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"A tick-box approach to teaching science in schools risks creating a climate where misconduct can thrive at university level, according to senior academics. • Encouraging students to fake results when an experiment goes wrong creates bad habits that can persist into a subsequent scientific career, while schools leave no space to teach about the ethics of research, they argue. • Writing in this week’s Times Higher Education, two leading academics report on a recent increase in cases of scientific misconduct, where researchers fabricate or falsify data. They call for more time to be devoted to experiments and an end to 'fact regurgitation'."
"Over the last few months I have worked with a number of high schools and middle schools where the grading and assessment practices simply do not work in a world of standards. The schools are not making local assessment rigorous enough in their concern with demoralizing students through low grades. The solution is straightforward: don’t thoughtlessly translate scores into grades."
"Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go." "Green’s book is about a more recent effort, spearheaded by a small handful of teaching revolutionaries, to improve the teaching of teaching. The common belief, held even by many people in the profession, that the best teachers are 'natural-born' is wrong, she writes. The common characteristic of her main characters is that they have broken down teaching into certain key skills, which can be taught. • 'You don’t need to be a genius,' Green told me recently. 'You have to know how to manage a discussion. You have to know which problems are the ones most likely to get the lessons across. You have to understand how students make mistakes — how they think — so you can respond to that.' Are these skills easier for some people than others? Of course they are. But they can be taught, even to people who don’t instinctively know how to do these things."
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.
"Marketplace mantras dominate policy discussions. High-stakes reading and math tests are treated as the single metric of success, the counterpart to the business bottom line. Teachers whose students do poorly on those tests get pink slips, while those whose students excel receive merit pay, much as businesses pay bonuses to their star performers and fire the laggards. Just as companies shut stores that aren’t meeting their sales quotas, opening new ones in more promising territory, failing schools are closed and so-called turnaround model schools, with new teachers and administrators, take their place.
This approach might sound plausible in a think tank, but in practice it has been a flop. Firing teachers, rather than giving them the coaching they need, undermines morale. In some cases it may well discourage undergraduates from pursuing careers in teaching, and with a looming teacher shortage as baby boomers retire, that’s a recipe for disaster. Merit pay invites rivalries among teachers, when what’s needed is collaboration. Closing schools treats everyone there as guilty of causing low test scores, ignoring the difficult lives of the children in these schools — 'no excuses,' say the reformers, as if poverty were an excuse."
"As we head back into another school year, we’re excited to kickstart the 2014 Edublogs Teacher Challenge! • Whether you are new to blogging, or want a refresher on all of the features that blogging can offer you or your students, come join us for our four week crash-course to get your blog up to snuff as the school year begins. • Choose The Track That Is Best For You • We’ve set up two Teacher Challenge series: one to help guide you in your personal blog, and the other to help guide you through blogging with students. • We encourage you to join whichever teacher challenge is most relevant to your needs – you can sign up for both courses if you’re interested!"
"The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice."
"HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper."
During the next minute 250 new babies will be born, more than 100 people will die, and 20 violent crimes will be committed in the United States. The world keeps spinning and the clock keeps ticking. As Benjamin Franklin once said, You may delay, but time will not.