A wonderful new blog by Lauren Childs at Oakland Schools:
"A definition of serendipity is the gift of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it; a happy accident. A definition of opportunity is the favorable juncture of circumstances; a chance for advancement or progress.
The stories told here have roots in the summer of 2008 when serendipity crossed with opportunity and met up with great courage. I happened to be present to a small group of teachers from Auburn Elementary of Avondale Schools as they recounted an insight, 2nd grade teacher, Linda Maniago, received quite unexpectedly, while having dinner in a local restaurant. Just weeks earlier, Linda listened in on a conversation at her table among teachers from Rochester, a neighboring school district, valuing their experiences of observing one another’s classroom teaching. She brought the eavesdropped account home to her colleague, 1st grade teacher, Marcia Hudson, with a tremendous sense of possibility. The Auburn teachers looked to one another with confident wondering, “Well, we could do that; let’s try that!” And, so they did."
'One of the central challenges in learning and leading is the ability for people to connect, to collaborate, and to find the common ground needed to work out the intense polarizations that lead to so many of the terrible headlines we see. While humans have a fierce independence, we are actually social animals, and mirror neurons are evidence of this interdependence.'
Bottom line: "In short, when we work with human nature, and we take care of basic emotional needs, people perform better. Thus it’s a “no brainer” that we learn more about the brain and how to use this cutting edge science to inform the way we lead and live."
What is TALIS? TALIS is the first international survey examining teaching and learning environments in schools. It asks teachers and school principals about their work, their schools and their classrooms. This cross‑country analysis helps countries identify others facing similar challenges and learn about their policies. TALIS 2008 focused on lower secondary education teachers and their principals. It sampled 200 schools in each of 24 countries and 20 teachers in each school. TALIS 2013 is currently being conducted in 33 countries. The information in this brief comes largely from the 2012 report Teaching Practices and Pedagogical Innovation: Evidence from TALIS. More information available at www.oecd.org/talis.
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by http://heretakis.com A superintendent was in one of my workshops with his administration team, and he raised his hand and said the following: A lot of what you are talking about and sharing is great, but...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Great thinking. Indeed, we spend a lot of time defending why we can't instead of looking for ways we "can".
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