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Making classroom observations more effective

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If the belief that it’s possible for untrained observers to pitch up in lessons and grade their effectiveness is comparable to a belief in witchcraft, (and Professor Robert Coe’s research confirms that this is the case) where does that leave us as a profession?  Does that mean that there is now no place for classroom observation? Should we abandon it altogether? Every instinct screams no, doesn’t it? Anecdotally. I learned an awful lot from observing teachers in action and I’m certain that I’m not alone. So how can we make lesson observations a little bit better?

 


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Review: Linking Leadership to Student Learning

Review: Linking Leadership to Student Learning | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
This friendly version of a comprehensive US study uncovers how school leaders impact student learning and achievement, says aspiring principal Holly Procida.

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Why You Make Bad Decisions When You're Attracted to Someone

Why You Make Bad Decisions When You're Attracted to Someone | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Dating new people is fun and exciting. It's also likely to cause even the most rational, level-headed people to make really dumb decisions. Don't worry, though. Your brain is supposed to do that. Sort of.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, January 14, 2014 4:13 PM

It's about dating, but I think the brain works similarly when we're attached to ideas and people in the work place.

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5 Ways To Measure The Emotional Intelligence Of Your Boss

5 Ways To Measure The Emotional Intelligence Of Your Boss | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
If you're interviewing for a new position pay attention to these tips and help identify if a potential manager is a good leader.
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Confronting Toxicity

Confronting Toxicity | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Average leaders feel successful when they get things done. Exceptional leaders feel successful when they build exceptional places to work. Average leaders fix and do. Exceptional leaders build. You...
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To Strengthen Your Confidence, Look to Your Past

To Strengthen Your Confidence, Look to Your Past | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
You'll realize that successes often outweigh failures. (Start your week off with a boost of #confidence!
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What Is Leadership? - Forbes | Success Leadership

What Is Leadership? - Forbes | Success Leadership | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
What is leadership, anyway? Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex popular consultants and lay people alike. (What Is Leadership?
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The Fitness World: Health and Fitness Weight Loss, Advices, Methodes: Change What You Crave By Changing How You Think: The 5 Step Mental Method

The Fitness World: Health and Fitness Weight Loss, Advices, Methodes: Change What You Crave By Changing How You Think: The 5 Step Mental Method | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Change What You Crave By Changing How You Think: The 5 Step Mental Method http://t.co/cICXRZIEQp #weightloss #fitness
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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 20, 2015 2:25 PM

I actually feel this is a great way to teach students, we just aren’t used to it in America.  The students who already know what they’re doing should be helping those who struggle.  When we boast about how well someone does at something, it can actually discourage the student who doesn’t understand.  It is definitely a tricky situation to be in, but I can understand why.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, November 25, 2015 6:54 AM

This video lays out them main difference between educational theory in the west, and educational theory in the east. In the west, we place value on a student achieving the right answer. Right Answers eventually lead to high grades. All classes eventually boil down to the grade given. In reality, it is all that most parents, teachers and students care about. In the east knowledge is measured through the work that goes in to getting the correct answer. Mistakes are seen as a natural outcome of hard work. They are not discouraged as they are in western education.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 15, 2015 2:16 PM

the difference in mentality is amazing as described in this article the difference in perception of struggling students in america and Asian countries is staggering and i think that our country has been so concerned for so long with only the best succeeding that it needs to be fixed, i know that we have taken steps int he right direction with different government programs which is promising and hopefully this development will continue

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Counting The Words Poor Children Hear

Counting The Words Poor Children Hear | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Poor children suffer from the effects not only of income inequality, the scholar E.D. Hirsch has written, but also “vocabulary inequality”—a lack of exposure to words that leaves them at a disadvantage in school, in the workplace and in life.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 26, 2013 8:45 PM

I think this is important information.  Parents want to do their best.  Knowing this rather simple skill can change the trajectory.

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | The Ultimate Source of Empowerment

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | The Ultimate Source of Empowerment | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
A story illustrating one of the most important skills of an effective leader: bringing people to choice.

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Dealing with Difficult People: 17 Tips to Keep You Sane

Dealing with Difficult People: 17 Tips to Keep You Sane | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Use the following strategies to end the emotional tug-of-war, once and for all.
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Are We Learning From Evaluations?

Are We Learning From Evaluations? | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it

The new teacher and principal evaluation systems have been adopted and are being implemented across the country. In some cases those systems have reduced evaluation of human performance to numbers.  3.5 out of 4.0 or 56.8 out of 60 is naturally translated to us as .5 from excellent or 3.2 from a perfect score.  Post observation conferences are too often focused on what isn't being done well enough.  Whether it is the intention of the meeting or not, that seems to be the take-away.  It is a common experience for us to focus on the negative, rather than the positive.

 

Positive feedback and good relationships are foundations for good morale and motivating growth while negative feedback and charged relationships are dangerous contributors to low morale and little or no growth.  


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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 31, 2015 8:24 PM

Evaluations are key to impact educational leaders in a either positive or negative light. Good relationship does increase moral and charged relationships are related to low morale.  What isnt been done well are always eaiser to examine rather than what is being done well.  Honestly the best way is to be honest with evaluations, give a positive and negative feedback, and always establish good relationships.

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 1:15 PM

I chose this article because provides information about new evaluation systems across the country.

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 1, 2015 3:30 PM

Evaluations are key to impact educational leaders in a either positive or negative light. Good relationship does increase moral and charged relationships are related to low morale.  What isnt been done well are always eaiser to examine rather than what is being done well.  Honestly the best way is to be honest with evaluations, give a positive and negative feedback, and always establish good relationships.

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6 Surprising Leadership Lessons From Climbing Mount Everest - Business Insider

6 Surprising Leadership Lessons From Climbing Mount Everest - Business Insider | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
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Mountaineer Alison Levine, author of new book “On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership,” knows better than most.
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Change in caribou migration could lead to more Glenn Highway crashes - Anchorage Daily News

Change in caribou migration could lead to more Glenn Highway crashes - Anchorage Daily News | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Anchorage Daily News Change in caribou migration could lead to more Glenn Highway crashes Anchorage Daily News Alaska State Troopers reported two collisions between vehicles and caribou on the Glenn Highway last week and an area biologist said she...
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The One Leadership Trait That Separates Superachievers From Underperformers - Forbes

The One Leadership Trait That Separates Superachievers From Underperformers - Forbes | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Research shows that "superachievers" aren't the know-it-alls you may expect them to be. (So what does make overachievers different from all the other #managers and #leaders out there ?
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The Fear Of Failure

"Prescription for success: Drive out fear."  -W.E. Deming Fear is a driver.   It can be used to stretch and push people out of their comfort zone. Fear is a tool.   It can be used to hold people do...
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5 reasons why accepting toxic people facilitates your empowerment

5 reasons why accepting toxic people facilitates your empowerment | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
We humans are an interesting lot. We battle with our own demons; we battle with other people's demons. We work ourselves up all in a tizzy over things that don't really exist and don't have to be i...
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How To Be A Horrible Leader - 50 Bad Leadership Traits

How To Be A Horrible Leader - 50 Bad Leadership Traits | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
50 Ways to be a horrible leader. (How To Be A Horrible Leader - 50 Bad Leadership Traits - via @toddbnielsen http://t.co/2DDnHrZi7a #leadership)
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The “Flipped” Classroom and Transforming Education

The “Flipped” Classroom and Transforming Education | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Recently, I wrote a post regarding some ideas that I did not believe that would transform school culture.  Although most agreed on two of the ideas that I shared, there was a large contingent of ed...

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:08 PM

Also, Forbes magazine talked about the Khan Academy and the “flipped classroom” being one of the most important stories of 2012.  Whether it was inspired by Salman Khan or by educators, it has certainly stirred a movement:

Entire school districts are now reworking their curriculum, pedagogy, classroom structure and technology around Khan Academy videos. The net result of these changes is that students in Khan-centered schools don’t watch Khan videos in the classroom. They watch them at home. They use classroom time to do homework under the active supervision of their teacher (who serves as more of a learning lab tutor/coach) and fellow students (who, in technologically advanced classrooms, are digitally flagged when a classmate needs help). In perfectly melding with the collaborative learning ethos of the iGeneration, the Khan Academy has not only flipped the classroom, it’s flipped how we look at education.

As I see how passionate educators are regarding this idea, I can definitely see why it has merit.  I also believe that this is something for some of our students, not all.  I think back to hearing about the importance of “hands on” activities for learning, yet I know many students where that is not the best way that they learn.  Even the notion that all students have to have “collaborative” skills in our world, yet there are many careers now and in the future where someone can work outside of a “group” environment.  There is some important in students being able to have choice.  It seems that we are too often looking for a “standardardized” solution for a “personalized” problem.  Students need to have options and choice.

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The Intersection Between the Common Core and School Culture

The Intersection Between the Common Core and School Culture | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it

By Gail Connelly, Executive Director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)


"School culture is hard to characterize and cultivate, but it's arguably the defining factor in school change. Shifting culture could prove to be the trickiest — but most essential — piece of today's most pressing education challenge: implementing the Common Core State Standards."


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10 Most Useful Productivity Apps for iPad | iPadable

10 Most Useful Productivity Apps for iPad | iPadable | Teacher Self-Efficacy & Leadership | Scoop.it
Today, iPad has become a very dominant “personal assistant” and is able to play a major role in increasing your productivity via some very helpful apps.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:08 AM

Seriously useful Apps here.  I know these tend to be repeated, but it shows these Apps a are well tested.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 15, 2013 12:00 AM

For anyone who still finds these lists useful... I guess there's an analytic you can use - if an app is constantly mentioned it probably has something going for it.